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Irvine Woman Found Dead Thursday Was Allegedly Killed by Ex-Husband

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A woman who was found dead in Irvine yesterday in front of a daycare was allegedly shot and killed by her estranged husband who, reports the OC Register, had been threatening her for months.

Alejandra Hernandez, 29, filed for divorce from John Rand Agosta, 35, in February, after three years of marriage. The Register reports that at first, Agosta tried to get Hernandez back by leaving flowers and notes on her car. But after being asked by Hernandez and, it seems, her friends, family and co-workers at the daycare outside of which her body was found, to leave her alone, he turned violent.

He reportedly slashed the tires on her car on a day she was supposed to go to court to get an extension on a restraining order against him. Prior to her death, Hernandez also alleged that Agosta hacked her email and Facebook, left a voodoo doll on her porch, and sent her the following text message:

"Thanks for ruining my life...Your payback will come. FYI. Keep your friends close. Keep your enemies closer."
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All of this information didn't take weeks to dredge up -- it was readily available in court documents. Meaning that authorities were well aware of what was going on between Hernandez and Agosta well before her death.

It sure is great to have the records, but it might have been even greater if authorities had intervened sooner.