This is a very sad post for me to write. Melanie Pate, my cousin’s daughter, was slain yesterday by her husband. As you can see from the picture she was a beautiful woman, but you would have to know her personally to see how beautiful she was on the inside.
Melanie was just 42 years old; a mother of two. Few details are available, yet, but her husband, Todd Pate, 50, called the Hanford Police Dept. to report that he had just killed his wife. When authorities arrived at the home, they found Mel in the backyard pool, with throat lacerations. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Her husband was arrested and booked into the King’s County Jail. He was charged with criminal homicide.
There had not been prior calls to the home for domestic abuse, so what happened on this day? Everything is confusing right now. We only know for sure that a beautiful young woman is no longer with her family. Her kids have lost their mother, and their father will surely go to prison. My cousin has lost a daughter, whom she was very close to. The entire family is in shock.
I just saw Mel in July when I drove up to the Hanford area to attend her aunt’s funeral. My eyes fill with tears when I think that this vibrant person is gone forever from this earth. We will see her again in heaven.
A candlelight vigil is planned for Wednesday evening.
- Hanford man arrested in wife’s slaying (fresnobee.com)