Husband of AZ woman killed in Vegas shares story

Posted at 5:58 PM, Feb 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-16 08:41:59-05

For the first time in nearly two months, the husband of an Arizona woman who was killed by an out of control driver on the Vegas strip is sharing his heartbreaking story.

Jessica Valenzuela isn't going to be there to celebrate her 33rd birthday with the people she loved.  

"They (the kids) baked a cake for her, so we're going to celebrate her birthday and sing happy birthday to her," said Jessica's widow Axel. "I know she's in a much better place. She's in Heaven and I know God is with us and helping us."

For Axel and their three daughters, life as they knew it changed December 20. Axel and Jessica just arrived in Vegas to spend a couple of days celebrating their anniversary.

It was the first time they'd been out in months.

"We went downstairs and we weren't even on the street for five minutes when it happened," he said.

A woman drove her car on to a crowded sidewalk hitting Jessica. She died.

Axel, now a single parent, takes the girls ages nine, eight and four to therapy. Their drawings show how much they miss their mother. Their words make it clear how much they love her.

"She was the best mother to my girls and the most loving wife and caring and patient," Axel said.

Axel wears both their wedding bands now. Inscribed inside is "forever mine." And though they had just ten years, he said he's thankful for that time.

"I know a lot of people go through life never finding their soul mate. But I found mine. We found each other," he said.

Axel said he is eternally grateful for all of the donations, prayers and kind words from so many people after this tragedy.