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Woman killed in Ajax home a caring mother of 2, says family

A woman allegedly killed by her boyfriend at an Ajax home on Saturday was a "caring" mother of two men, her family says. 

Jennifer Polak's death has 'devastated' everyone who knew her, family says

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Durham police say Jennifer Polak, 45, was allegedly killed by her boyfriend at an Ajax home Saturday. The 35-year-old man has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with her death. (Durham Regional Police Service handout)

A woman who was allegedly killed by her boyfriend at an Ajax home on Saturday was a caring mother of two, her family says. 

In a news release Tuesday, Durham Regional Police identified the woman as 45-year-old Jennifer Polak. 

Officers responded to an "unknown trouble" call in the area of Hillman Drive and Shoal Point Road at around 11:05 p.m.

When police arrived on scene, they found Polak suffering from obvious signs of trauma, the release said. 

Despite life-saving measures, she was pronounced dead on scene.

A 35-year-old Ajax man was taken into custody without incident, police said. The man, identified by investigators as Polak's boyfriend, has been charged with second-degree murder. 

Polak's family said in a statement that she adored her two sons, and that she was a "kind, caring, beautiful person." Her death has "devastated" everyone who knew her, they said.

"She brought sunshine into the lives of everyone she met," the family said.

"Those who knew Jenn through her work will remember that she had a vocation and a passion for working with young children."

The family said Polak is survived by her two sons, parents, sister, grandmother, uncles and aunts.

"The family accepts this matter is now in the hands of the police and understands that it will take time for the justice system to take its course," the statement said, adding that the family is asking for privacy as the investigation continues.

In the news release, police advised that intimate partner violence can take many forms, with the incident serving as an crucial reminder.

"[Domestic violence] knows no boundaries and can impact people of all ages, genders, races, and socioeconomic backgrounds," police said. "If you or anyone you know is a victim of domestic violence please reach out for help."

Anyone with information is being asked to contact investigators. 

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