After the husband of Ana Walshe, Brian, was charged with his wife’s murder on Tuesday, a friend of the believed-to-be deceased woman said that she hopes the alleged murderer is brought to justice.
On Tuesday, The Quincy District Court issued a murder warrant for Brian Walshe, who is being charged after his wife went missing on New Year’s Day.
Natasha Babushkina, a friend of Ana, said that she was always loyal to her husband, which she believes may have been a mistake.
“My last impression of Anna, that she was so kind and soul giving. She was always, always defending Brian, giving him chances. She was almost too good to be true. So maybe that kindness kind of killed her,” Babushkina said. “It sounds horrible to say, but that’s my impression is that she is a giver.”
Babushkina hopes that Brian Walshe is brought to justice, saying that she felt “absolute relief and hope for justice,” after learning of the murder charge against him.
“When I found out, it’s like half the whole world is relieved because not knowing that possibility or not having even a slight chance of bringing in Bryan for justice would have been absolute horror story for her and her kids,” she said.
When discussing the Walshe’s children, who are being cared for by the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, Babushkina said that “We still have to stand up for the kids and make sure that they’re together,” adding a plea to “Please keep these boys together.”
Ana Walshe was last seen on New Year’s Day, when she was expected to use a ride-share service to Logan International Airport in Boston, to board a flight to Washington D.C., police say. She was reported missing by her company three days later, on Jan. 4.
Ana and Brian Walshe were married in 2015, but their relationship had reportedly been rocky, with Ana telling police that Brian had threatened to kill her and a friend during a phone call. Ana “refused to cooperate in the prosecution,” and the case was dropped.
Brian Walshe was previously charged with misleading police after the disappearance of his wife, allegedly telling investigators that he traveled to stores that he may never have actually been to, such as CVS and Whole Foods.
He also allegedly neglected to mention to police that he had bought $450 worth of cleaning supplies in cash from a Rockland, Massachusetts, Home Depot.
Court documents state that Walshe was seen on surveillance video wearing “a black surgical mask, blue surgical gloves and making a cash purchase,” which included mops, tape, and drop cloths.
A bloody knife was later found inside the couple’s home, along with splatters of blood, investigators said.