911 caller witnessed slain Millcreek woman's final moments

Valerie Brantzeg was bludgeoned to death with a crowbar in her Millcreek home on Wednesday, August 22, 2018. Her estranged husband was arrested in connection with the crime. (Photo courtesy of Valerie Brantzeg via Facebook)

(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.

Police say the couple recently filed separation paperwork and were fighting over custody of their 13-year-old daughter.

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.

Help for those experiencing domestic violence is available through the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition. Their hotline can be reached 24/7 at 1-800-897-5465.

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