‘Their mom pretty much fought for them to the death’: Family remembers mom killed in Peoria kidnapping

Brittany Martie died following she was thrown from her van although hoping to protect her kid as Eric Maes, her 10-month-outdated son’s father, drove absent with her son within.

PHOENIX — The female killed hoping to guard her young son from a kidnapping ahead of an AMBER Notify was brought on in Peoria on Tuesday experienced often required to be a mother, family members users stated.

Police mentioned Brittany Martie died just after she was thrown from her van although seeking to guard her kid as Eric Maes, her 10-thirty day period-aged son’s father, drove away with her son within.

Martie died at the hospital from her injuries. Maes has due to the fact been caught and is now going through charges of murder, assault, theft and kidnapping, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.


She normally needed to be a mother

Cousins of Martie stated because she was minimal, she had normally wanted to be a mom.

“She constantly informed me, ‘Some day, I’m gonna have 6 little ones and that is gonna be my career, and I’m likely to be a mother, and I’m likely to be a wonderful mother,’” Juliann Davis, Martie’s cousin, reported. “And which is what she was.”

Martie leaves at the rear of a son, 10-month-aged Abel, and her 10-yr-aged daughter, Prudence.

Household members said Abel and Prudence were the most crucial matters in her life.

“Their mother practically fought for them to the loss of life,” Davis reported.

Spouse and children and pals gathered near in which Martie was discovered to hold her memory near and lay bouquets and balloons in her honor.

“She was whole of life, she was outspoken, she was fun to be all around and she explained to you how it is,” Davis mentioned.


An on-once again, off-again relationship

Loved ones members described Martie and Maes’ connection as on-again, off-all over again, incorporating Maes had domestic violence scenarios from him involving Martie.

“She gave this dude so, so, so several possibilities, additional than he deserved,” Trish Faras, Martie’s sister reported. “We begged her and begged her and begged her (to) be sure to get absent from him and when she eventually did pay attention it was also late.”

The relatives reported even though they had encouraged her to go away, Martie’s individuality was to constantly aid some others.  

“She could not let go of striving to assistance folks, and I believe that was the challenge,” Jessica Yungkans, Brittany’s cousin mentioned. “She attempted to assistance him and she could not.”

Though they grieve Martie’s existence, the relatives stated they’ll be retaining her memory alive to her children.

“She loves them with all her coronary heart. She did. She did the best to struggle for her, for her kids,” Faras mentioned.


The loved ones is now concentrated on justice 

Maes was caught Wednesday by Phoenix Police.

Faras tells 12 Information she’s grateful for the community calling in guidelines and for law enforcement for capturing Maes.

She additional her loved ones is now centered on justice for Martie. Faras mentioned justice to the loved ones appears like Maes “paying for what he did” through a jail sentence.  

The family has commenced a GoFundMe to assistance with legal expenditures.