BOSTON (CBS) – A man accused of murdering his estranged wife in Everett was ordered held without bail during his Thursday arraignment.

Ersilia Cataldo Matarazzo was the mayor’s second cousin and well known in the community.

Emilio Matarazzo, her estranged husband, faced a judge in Malden District Court a day after the alleged murder.

Emilio Matarazzo is arraigned on December 20, 2018. (WBZ-TV)

Police say they found the 50-year-old woman inside a car in her parents’ driveway with multiple gunshot wounds. Officers swarmed a nearby house looking for a suspect.

But the hunt ended when Emilio Matarazzo, her 55-year-old husband, turned himself in.

Grief-stricken friends and family members could be seen hugging and crying at the scene of the murder, devastated over Ersilia’s death.

Court records show the couple filed for divorce last month and had been living apart. Ersilia was staying with her parents in Everett while Emilio was living in Peabody.

Ersilia Cataldo Matarazzo. (Photo credit: KatyRogersArt.com)

The night before she was murdered, prosecutors say Ersilia told loved ones she was afraid of her estranged husband and thought he might kill her.

In November, Ersilia first accused Emilio of strangling and scratching her. Prosecutors say that when he was confronted by the allegation by his daughter, Emilio said he “just snapped.”

During Emilio’s court appearance on Thursday, prosecutors said he tried to win back his estranged wife with a check for $20,000 and gifts in recent weeks, but she returned them.

Ersilia’s aunt Maureen DiPerro spoke to the media about her niece’s death. “We all loved Ersillia deeply. She was a fabulous mother, who supported her three children. A devoted daughter, who was always there for her parents. She grew up in Everett on Bradford Street and lived in Everett for almost her entire life. A loving and generous sister, aunt, niece, and friend, always giving of herself and putting others first,” said DiPerro.

She also mentioned the many organizations Ersilia was involved in, such as the school committee, Board of Registrar, and her church. “She touched a lot of lives all around her.”

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