Student shot and killed by husband

A 21-year-old Manassas native studying at the University of Virginia died at the university’s hospital in Charlottesville on Sunday after being shot by her husband Saturday, Albemarle County police said.

Monica Sue Long, an Osbourn High School and Northern Virginia Community College graduate died at 11:58 p.m.

Arnold R. Valenzuela, 42, of 2411 Peyton Drive in Charlottesville shot himself in the head at that address after shooting Long, police said.

Long’s mother and father brought her to the apartment that she and Valenzuela shared a little before noon Saturday, police said. Due to problems with Valenzuela, she was no longer living in the apartment, police said, but returned to retrieve some of her belongings.

After waiting sometime for their daughter to emerge from the apartment, Long’s parents went in to look for her. Upon entering, they found both shot “in the head area,” police said. They then called 911.

Valenzuela was pronounced dead at the scene; Long was transported to U.Va. hospital for


A weapon was recovered, said Sgt. Todd Hopwood, an Albemarle County police spokesman, but he avoided giving specifics.

Long was a certified emergency medical technician and was once a member of the Greater Manassas Volunteer Rescue Squad.

Ronald Long said Wednesday that his daughter loved art and people. He recently received a call from a member of the co-ed fraternity she was in, saying what a dear friend Long was. Her good study habits rubbed off on him, her father said.

“Anything she did, she did well and she was good at it,” her father said.

Long’s wake will be held tonight at Price Funeral Home at 9609 Center St. in Manassas from 7 to 9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, at Price Funeral Home as well. Her burial will follow at Stonewall Memory Gardens in Manassas.

Staff writer Daniel Drew can be reached at (703) 878-8065. Daily Progress staff writer Olympia Meola contributed to this report.

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