Friends of mother killed in London shooting say suspect had made threats


Friends of Yaisa Cordero say she was a woman who loved to help others.

In one instance, Michelle Fuller told 10TV about Yaisa helped her sister who was battling cancer.

"She came over cleaned her body cleaned her house for me," she said.

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Yaisa, 40, and her daughter, 25-year-old Joceline Cordero, were shot and killed Wednesday at a home in London, Ohio. Police later found the suspect, 54-year old James Evans Jr. and ex-boyfriend of Yaisa, dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Friends of Yaisa say they began to worry not long after she started dating Evans.

"I knew instantly that it was him because we were at dinner last Thursday and she told me that he threatened her, but she didn't seem scared like she didn't believe it," Fuller said.

She says Yaisa told her about the verbal and threatened physical abuse.

"He threatened to shoot her and kill himself and she said his daughter even called and warned her one day — I don't remember the exact day — that he would be coming to that and not letting him the house," Fuller said.

Fuller says Yaisa always saw the good in people and tried to change Evans. She says she took Evans to the Faith Assembly Worship Center in London which led to his baptism last year

The same London church where police say they found him in his truck with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"After I found out where he went, it just made sense that he would go and do that to kind of further torture her because that was our church," Fuller said.

According to London police, additional information revealed that Yaisa's 21-year-old son approached the suspect with a ball bat as he was leaving the residence. The suspect then fired a shot at him, grazing him near the shoulder. He did not require medical attention.

Neighbors called 911 to alert police after the shooting.

"I was in my room and I heard hollering and I looked outside and Yaisa's daughter was arguing with him and she was trying to get him to back off and he had a gun, and I just heard it go off and I just backed up from the window," said a caller.

A GoFundMe account has been set up for the funeral expenses for Yaisa and Joceline Cordero.