Woman Murdered By Estranged Husband During Work Call On Zoom

By Bill Galluccio

April 19, 2024

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A 35-year-old woman was shot and killed by her estranged husband while she was on a work call on Tuesday (April 16). The San Diego County Sheriff's Office said that Ashley Bird was found on the couch in her home in La Presa, California, with a gunshot wound to the head and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Ashley's younger sister, Allison Saefong, told KNSD that her sister thought somebody was breaking into her house and went to check it out.

"My sister, she worked from home. She was in a Zoom meeting. At that point, she thought someone was trying to break in, and she left and she said, 'Hey, give me a second. Somebody is trying to break into my house,'" Saefong told the news station.

After she didn't return, one of Ashley's co-workers contacted her mother.

"My mom called me just before 11 o'clock, and she was hysterical, saying, 'She's gone. She's gone.' I shouted, 'Who's gone? Who's gone?' She wasn't giving me details. She said, 'Ashley. Ashley's gone, I just know it,'" Saefong said.

Authorities identified Ashley's estranged husband, 39-year-old Christopher Bird, as the suspect in her murder. They found his body later that day in his car with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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