Family grieves as search continues for man suspected of killing ex-girlfriend

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- Candles and tears fill the Tempe housing complex where a mother of three was gunned down by her ex-boyfriend, according to police.

Charla Faust was killed Tuesday afternoon in the 900 block of East Diamond Drive following a domestic violence struggle.

Police say the suspect, 33-year-old John Brazel, shot Charla Faust multiple times and also shot and wounded a neighbor who tried to intervene.

“Everybody is just missing her; it’s just senseless,” said longtime friend Sharon Baker during a candlelight vigil Wednesday night.

Friends, neighbors and coworkers from Wild Horse Pass Casino turned out to share memories and leave flowers.

“She was loved by everyone,” said sister Danni Faust. “She would go out of her way to make you feel loved and welcome.”

Charla Faust leaves behind three children, all under the age of 11.

“Her kids were her life,” said Danni Faust. “She lived, breathed, and just lived for them completely.”

For that reason, Danni Faust said her sister filed a restraining order against Brazel this past March. 3TV obtained a copy of the order of protection, which includes her three children as protected persons.

“She was scared of him; that’s why she got the restraining order. She was afraid for her kids,” Danni Faust told 3TV.

However, neighbors say they spotted Brazel staying within the same complex, despite the order. Tempe police confirm a history of past domestic calls and reports.

“A restraining order is a piece of paper, and this is evidence,” said Danni Faust.

“If you are afraid, you need to find help; you need to get help. You don’t need to try to be strong because if it ends up like this, it just hurts ones you love and who love you,” she said, crying.

What’s even more disturbing to Charla Faust’s family is a chilling post left on her Facebook page, which said, "The b---- is dead."

“He hacked her page,” Danni Faust said, sobbing. “Not even half an hour after he killed her.”

While family and friends grieve, police urge the public to help them locate Brazel. A spokesman says it’s believed Brazel is an avid camper, known to frequent the mountains. He’s believed to be driving a 1998 white Chevrolet Tahoe.

“I just hope justice finds him; I hope they find him soon, so my nephews and niece can feel safe,” said Danni Faust.

Meanwhile, friends have planned car washes for Friday in Charla Faust's honor. One will be held at 48th Street and Chandler Boulevard in Phoenix, beginning at 8 a.m. Another will be held at the 7-Eleven at Baseline Road and Mill Avenue in Tempe.

A poker tournament is scheduled for Saturday at 7 p.m. at Hob Nob Sports Grill on Chandler Boulevard.

Police continue to search for suspect after double shooting in Tempe