PHOENIX — Those who know the woman who was fatally shot on a Phoenix freeway say they don’t understand who would want to harm her.

Dinya Farmer, 49, was killed while calling 911 from State Route 51 on Wednesday night. She told dispatchers that she was being chased by three people in a truck, and operators could hear shots being fired before the call was disconnected, said Phoenix police Sgt. John Howard.

Howard told The Arizona Republic (http://bit.ly/2bZEFFX ) that Farmer was followed by three men in a white pickup truck with ladders for about 8 miles before she was shot.

“This decreases the likelihood that it was a random act,” Howard said. “There was some sort of pre-incident contact that led to the shooting, but we have yet to determine what that was.”

Two people close to Farmer told the Republic on Thursday that they were shocked that someone would want to kill her.

“She’s very loving,” said Veronica Gonzalez, who is engaged to Farmer’s cousin. “I still can’t really believe it, you know?”

Farmer had three daughters, aged 16, 17 and 25, with her ex-husband, Lee Farmer.

Lee Farmer said the family learned of her death when police woke them up just after 1 a.m.

“It is just devastating for me to think that her last moments were in fear,” he said, choking back sobs. “Certainly, I wonder what the hell happened.”

Farmer had been diagnosed with cancer years earlier and was preparing for her second round of chemotherapy. Gonzalez said Farmer’s cancer started in her breast but spread to her bones.

“I want her to be remembered as a woman who loved her kids,” Lee Farmer said.

A physician, Lee Farmer said he is often confronted with death, but Dinya’s death is different.

“It’s definitely different from this end of the aisle,” he said. “It’s just not . not fair.”


Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com

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