Susana Martinez surprised the bill’s supporters when she vetoed it.

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Coming only a few months after a legislative study described New Mexico’s response to domestic violence as fragmented and uncoordinated, advocates say the numbers demand the state do more to support victims of abuse.

Meanwhile, families like Padilla’s grow frustrated with a criminal justice system they feel is too lenient.

Women are more likely to be killed by men in this state than nearly any other, according to an annual study published last month by the Violence Policy Center.

Gabriela Campos/The New Mexican Serenity Rodriguez, 3, holds a photo of her late grandmother Peggy Sue Padilla at the Padillas’ home in Arroyo Seco last week.

Though originally charged with murder, Coriz took a deal from prosecutors and pleaded guilty to homicide by vehicle, a third-degree felony.

Murder would have been a tough case to make, and her family was not eager to go through a trial.

Research by the New Mexico Intimate Partner Violence Death Review Team, which issues its own annual study using different criteria, has found that most offenders had histories of abuse.

Most also had known histories of abusing alcohol or other drugs.

The Padilla family stands last week by a stick marking the location where Peggy Sue Padilla’s body was found outside her home in 2015 in Arroyo Seco.

Padilla was run over and killed by her boyfriend in 2015.

Gabriela Campos/The New Mexican Serenity Rodriguez, 3, walks last week by a stick in the ground marking the location where the body of her grandmother Peggy Sue Padilla was found in Arroyo Seco.