An Air National Guard member and her two young children were reportedly found murdered in their New York City home on Saturday — seven years after the mother was sworn in as a U.S. citizen, embarking on her American Dream.
Shane Walker, 36, reportedly the father of the children, was arrested in connection with their deaths, although as of Saturday night no charges had been filed against him.
Investigators responded to the home Saturday morning to smoke filling the house. Sources told the news outlet that the children were drowned in a bathtub, while Ausheva suffered from face and head trauma. She was reportedly found face-down on a bed.
The New York National Guard told Fox News in a statement that Ausheva served as a logistics planner with the 109th Airlift Wing. She initially served in the Army National Guard after joining in July 2011, but transferred to the Air National Guard in November 2014.
She was born in Russia, but in 2012 became a naturalized citizen, according to the National Guard. Ausheva worked at Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn on state active duty with the homeland security force, officials said.
“She was a member of the Air Force, and a beautiful person who loved her children,” a friend told SILive.com of Ausheva.
Ausheva was sworn in as a U.S. citizen at the White House in 2012, according to a Post article published at the time. She reportedly moved to the U.S. in 2011 after winning a green card lottery, and three months later signed up for the New York Army National Guard.
“I always wanted to live here,” she said. “This is really a country where you can pursue your dream and do what you want to do.”
Ausheva's ceremony was presided over by former President Barack Obama. She said at the time that she "still cannot believe that I saw the president, and he said he is proud of me. ... It's incredible."