911 caller witnessed slain Millcreek woman's final moments
(KUTV) — Rachel Alvarez saw the moments before and after police say Walter Brantzeg killed his wife, Valerie Brantzeg, with a crowbar.
It all started at 7 a.m. on Wednesday at the Riverbend Apartments in Millcreek.
“All of a sudden, I hear screaming” said Rachel Alverez, a neighbor who witnessed the attack.
Alverez stepped outside and looked down at her neighbors below.
“I could see that he was hitting her with an object, I seen just blood gushing down her face and blood all over,” she said.
Alvarez thinks she was one of the last people to hear Valerie talk.
“She seen me and cries out, 'Call for help! Help!'” Alvarez said.
When Alvarez went inside and called 911, Valerie was still alive.
“At that point, she started yelling, 'Tell them to hurry! He’s hurting her, he’s hurting her!' talking about the little girl,” Alzarez said.
Alvarez did everything she could to get help during the 12 minutes she says it took officers to arrive.
“I’m yelling on the dispatch like, 'Please hurry, please hurry, she’s bleeding to death!'" Alvarez said.
Alvarez has lived above the Brantzeg family for the past year. Domestic violence warning signs — she says — just weren’t there
“They were just really quiet, always just minding their own thing, doing their own thing," she said.
In Utah, one in three women will be the victim of domestic abuse. The Unified Police Department, which responded on Wednesday, have taken more than 1,500 domestic violence reports this year.