Salinas mother stabbed in front of her toddlers: police

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A Salinas mother was stabbed to death by a man who she filed a domestic violence restraining order against. 

According to the police, on Sunday at 3 p.m., officers found Eleni Tavau, 30, suffering from stab wounds inside her home at Natividad Road. 

The Salinas Police Department wrote Tavau “had been stabbed multiple times and was unresponsive. Her two toddler-aged children were present when officers arrived.” 

The severely-injured mother was still alive when she was rushed to the hospital. She was later pronounced deceased. 

Later, a man turned himself in at the Salinas Police Department and confessed to killing Tavau. 

He was identified as Rodrigo Bravo, 32, the father of Tavau’s young children. According to family members, Tavau also has a restraining order against Bravo. 

Bravo is booked into the Monterey County Jail Monday on charges of murder, felony child endangerment, violating a domestic violence restraining order, and probation violation.

Bravo remained behind bars as of Wednesday afternoon with a $1 million bail.

SPD said its investigation is still ongoing. Anyone with information regarding this homicide is encouraged to call Salinas Police Department Detective Pete Gomez at 831-758-7162. 


Charlene is a Bay Area journalist who hails from the small community of Fresno. Drawing from her experience writing for her college paper, Charlene continues to advocate for free press and local journalism. She also volunteers in all the beach cleanups she can because she loves the water.