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Teen-Ager Carrying Valentine’s Candy Shot By Estranged Husband

February 13, 1988

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (AP) _ A 16-year-old girl carrying Valentine’s Day candy home from school Friday was shot to death by her estranged husband, who then shot and wounded himself as horrified teen-agers watched, authorities said.

Janie Gallardo, who was in the process of obtaining a restraining order from her 28-year-old husband, was carrying a box of candy, two carnations and a small stuffed teddy bear she apparently had received at a party at Lowell Middle School, said police Sgt. Richard Castillon.

″She was apparently getting off the bus coming from school ... as she and her girlfriends were walking home they noticed her ex-husband and they told the girl to ‘run, run,’ but she didn’t and he pulled the gun and shot her once in the back of the head,″ Castillon said.

″Just at the same time, he put the gun to his head and fired twice,″ Castillon said.

Castillon identified the man as Johnny Gallardo. He was in critical condition Friday night at Wilford Hall Air Force Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the head, said Sgt. Shirley Board.

Police filed murder charges against Gallardo Friday night. A $100,000 bond was set by Magistrate Quon Lew.

″They were married, but were separated for the past three months and she had been receiving a lot of harassment from that guy,″ Castillon said.

He did not know how long they had been married.

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