Woman Identified who was Shot in Face and Died in Clinton Township

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, MI – The 26-year-old woman who was shot in the face on Saturday September 28th, 2019 is identified as Nicole (Nikki) LaRocca.

Those who knew Nikki have been expressing their disbelief on social media.  One of those posting at length about today being Nikki’s birthday.  She would have turned 27-years-old today.

Nikki was transported to McLaren Macomb Hospital where she was placed on life support.  She was removed from life support on Sunday evening.  She died at about 9:45PM.

A 26-year-old ex-marine boyfriend is in custody for shooting and ultimately murdering Nikki LaRocca. The Macomb Daily is reporting that the person in custody is her husband according to Clinton Township Police. In communications with a person familiar with the couple stated that they were unsure if they had secretly been married prior to the incident.

Residents in the area of the home in the 20400 block of Stafford Street in Clinton Township, where the shooting took place, said that he was acting erratic before shooting his girlfriend. They stated that they heard 6-7 loud bangs, which were gunshots, and that police had swarmed the area shortly after.

The suspect fired rounds off from a weapon into the neighborhood. At least one of those bullets went thorough a neighbor’s car window. When police arrived, the 26-year-old man was carrying a long gun outside the home. When confronted by police, he immediately dropped the weapon. Though unconfirmed at this time, reports have stated that the victim was shot with a pistol that belonged to the suspect. That gun was allegedly found inside of the house.

The Macomb Daily is also reporting that “the couple had gone to the house earlier in the day to visit an aunt — the homeowner — and her son. At some point, the aunt and her son left the home to go to a concert, leaving the couple alone at the house.”

In viewing video reports from neighbors, particularly the neighbor who had her car window shattered by one of the rounds that the suspect had fired off outside of the house into the neighborhood, appeared to know the couple as their neighbors. From viewing that video report, the woman stated that LaRocca and the suspect appeared to be a very nice couple that had lived in the home for a while.

It is unknown at this time what sparked the incident but it is believed that alcohol was possibly involved that could have fueled the tragic situation. Another report stated that the suspect had just been released from the hospital after having some type of surgery and that he was very high on the drugs that were provided him.

The suspect, Kyle Wonsowicz,  is expected to be formally charged on Tuesday October 1st, 2019 at 1:00PM. Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith said in a Facebook post that his “office will be meeting with Clinton Township Police today, Tuesday October 1st, to discuss this horribly sad case.”

MI Headlines, like other media, had reported the woman’s death prematurely based on what was thought to be credible sources. We apologize to her family and friends for making that mistake and wanted to ensure that the record was set straight about that detail of this incredibly sad situation. Our thoughts and prayers are with Nikki’s family and friends as they travel down a path that no one wishes they ever would need to do.

Obituary

LaRocca, Nicole L. Age 26, September 29, 2019.

Beloved daughter of William and Lisa LaRocca. Sister of Ashley (Chris) Smodic. Survived by many Aunts, Uncles and Cousins.

Visitation at St. Clair Shores Chapel of Bagnasco & Calcaterra Funeral Home 25800 Harper Avenue (3 Blks North of 10 Mile Road) Sunday, October 6, 2019 from 2PM to 9PM.

InState 9:30AM until time of Mass 10:00AM at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church 21620 Greater Mack Ave, St. Clair Shores, MI.

Interment Resurrection Cemetery, Clinton Township, Michigan.

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