Police have identified the victim of the Waki ​​murder-suicide

Police have identified the victim of the Waki ​​murder-suicide

Waukee police released their names Two people were found dead on Thursday morning In an incident that has been called a murder-suicide.

Nelsibert Estafani Castillo Mata, 26, was the victim, according to a news release. She was in a domestic relationship with 36-year-old Felix Backham, who was found dead of self-inflicted injuries in the 200 block of Southeast Boulder Court in Waukee, the release said.

Responders with the Waukee Police Department and Waukee Fire Department were dispatched to the address around 7:27 a.m. Thursday. The Clive Police Department and Criminal Investigation Department assisted.

Backum was charged with domestic assault in Polk County against Castillo Mata in both 2019 and 2021, according to court records. Both times, the state asked a judge to dismiss the case, but it wasn’t immediately clear why, based on online court records. The 2021 case was dismissed on February 15, and a no-contact order was lifted two days before the murder-suicide was reported.

Backum was also charged with domestic assault against Castillo Mata in Dallas County in 2022. A judge dismissed that case on Feb. 17, with a dismissal order citing a plea agreement, but no further information was available in online court records. Castillo Mata petitioned in January to end the no-contact order in the Dallas County case.

The Polk County Attorney’s Office and the Dallas County Attorney’s Office did not immediately respond to messages Saturday afternoon.

Previously:Two people have died in an apparent murder-suicide in Waki

Resources for victims of domestic violence

In its news release, the Waukee Police Department expressed its condolences to the families affected and listed resources for those experiencing domestic violence, including:

  • Dallas County Crisis Intervention and Advocacy Center — 1-800-400-4884

  • National Domestic Violence Hotline — 800-799-7233

  • Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence — 515-244-8028

  • Children and Families of Iowa Local Crisis Hotline – 515-243-6147

The department also said people can call their local law enforcement agency or 911.

Chris Higgins covers the eastern suburbs for the Register. Reach him at [email protected] or 515-423-5146 and follow him on Twitter @chris_higgins_.

This article originally appeared in the Des Moines Register: The Waukee Police Department released the name of the murder-suicide victim Thursday

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