On Saturday evening Sallyann Ulibarri was found at Siegel Suites motel in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with life-threatening injuries that eventually led to her death.

Police say the 30-year-old woman sent her two friends text messages the day of the brutal 12-hour domestic violence beating. According to KOB 4, she was found critically injured and barely breathing days before the incident took her life.


Detectives say Ulibarri tried to get help before the attack when she sent messages to friends indicating she was afraid of her boyfriend and almost died.

Sadly, one friend never replied back and another said she was busy with family. Ulibarri was found by the suites’ manager that day.

Albuquerque Journal reports, police found her:

“Lying on the bed, unresponsive, ‘horribly bruised’ and struggling to breathe.”

Ulibarri was rushed to UNM Hospital where she was placed on life support. Her heart stopped Wednesday afternoon.

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Authorities arrested her boyfriend Orlando Johnson, 27.

Johnson reportedly fled the motel after the attack. He was arrested Monday and charged with aggravated battery. Detectives expect to update the charge for Ulibarri’s murder.


According to RAINN, it often takes several attempts for a victim to leave a controlling abusive relationship. As a result of the abuse, most domestic violence victims feel very isolated and confused.

Amy Whitfield, Domestic Violence Resource Center spokesperson, told KOB 4, anytime a victim reaches out for help it should be taken seriously. She explained:

“A domestic violence victim is usually going to reach out, statistics tell us, 7-13 times before they actually leave a relationship.

So it may be people around them aren’t really sure that they want to leave at that time. So us as a community, we need to be open to responding every time someone is asking out for help.”


According to police records, the woman also texted a neighbor for help Saturday.

Friends have set up a GoFundMe page to help cover Ulibarri’s funeral costs.

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Tiffani is a writer for Dearly. She is from New York City. Prior to working for Dearly she covered fashion news and managed social media for various digital media outlets.

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19 Replies to “Woman Reached out to Friends for Help While Being Attacked by Her Boyfriend. Sadly, No One Responded”

  • nancy anabella mendiburu 2 years ago

    Is very unfortunate that this things happen but I myself have been called many times to help with awful results , later on they make up and I am the busy body . I will not respond any more.

    • Anonymous 2 years ago

      Hopefully you wont have to bury them!

      • Anonymous 2 years ago

        No kidding! It’s hard to believe after reading the story that someone would say that!

    • Anonymous 2 years ago

      No matter how MANY times your feelings get hurt YOU MUST ALWAYS RESPOND, period! Shame on YOU!

    • Anonymous 2 years ago

      you are heartless

    • Lpruitt 2 years ago

      Well, shame on you.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    Nancy is an idiot…. I’d be Made a fool before I let my friend die … I’d rescue her every single time! Foolish woman… smh

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    Have been where Nancy is often. Putting myself and my husband in danger to save someone who goes back to the abuser an hour later protesting how much she LOVES him…even though he just pulled a shot gun on you and used you as a target for his knife throwing skills. I was like the other anonymous posters…i would go every time even though it didnt help. This has gone on for over 20 years. We have rescued her on numerous occasions, put ourselves in between her and whatever weapon he had many times…risking OUR lives…the possibility of US dying and leaving our children without parents REPEATEDLY to help someone who would kust go back. There are times when you just cant anymore..sad as it is…ya just cant. Those two are still going at it. He still abuses her and she takes it…during the abuse she cant stand him..as soon as its over she LOVES him. My kids and now grandkids having us in their lives mean more

    • Anonymous 2 years ago

      I totally agree with you and risking your own life over and over at some point it has to stop

    • Been there and done that 2 years ago

      And the deal is… You can’t help someone who truly doesn’t want to be helped. She needs to grow up and take responsibility I’m not pull everybody else into it only to do it again and again!

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    My heart breaks. GOD please forgive us we know not what we do. We blame each otherother for everything and we don’t love each other. I’m so sorry he killed you. Rest with the one who created you your heavenly father

  • Taz 2 years ago

    Every woman needs a GUN!! MF put his hands on you, end his life!! PERIOD!
    Had this young lady been related to Me she would still be alive because My sisters and I would have dealt with that BASTARD, fo’ real doh!!
    My sisters and I have never had to call our brothers to deal with situations!!!
    I don’t understand why she didn’t kill him while he was sleeping!!!

  • Sk’jai 2 years ago

    I wish a MF would put his hands on MY DAUGHTER!!
    I swear on My mother and EVERYTHING DEAR to ME that I would end his life!!!
    I made that vow to GOD when My daughter was Born!!
    I vowed to end the life of any piece of s**t
    that ever touches her in a disrespect way!! I Swear fo’ GOD!!!!!!

  • Granny 2 years ago

    I’m so sorry this happened to her however… You can only help somebody so much before you put yourself in danger. If they continue to go back to an abusive relationship. And it continues to happen and they continue to call for help after a while it becomes the same as… The little boy who cried wolf.

  • Drae 2 years ago

    Many people have been killed for trying to help someone who refuses to help themselves. I have read many stories where someone called for help and they try helping them. Then the “victim” and the “abused” end up harming or killing the person trying to help. This woman has probably done this many times before. Maybe the one friend did not get her text. I turn off my notices after 3 in the afternoon. This woman should have just called the police, but she probably did not want her boyfriend arrested.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    You call the police you dont physically intervene. You call the police and make sure they show the hell up. All these people dont have to intervene u call the police 100 times till that mf is locked up. I assure you if a guy puts a gun a knife to an officer he is going to be shot dead smfh!

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    Um…is it just me, or could one of these friends have just called the police to go to her location? They didn’t have to physically get involved. Send them the txt messages and her location and let them deal with it. A lot better than the eventual outcome. Come on people…let’s act like humans again. “In the last days the love of many shall wax cold…”

  • Debbie 2 years ago

    You shouldn’t blame her FB friends. She could have left that room on her own. Or called police.

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