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Pfc. Jeremy Price, the Hanau, Germany-based soldier fatally stabbed this week during his 21st birthday party, had been subjected to violence from his wife before, according to the victim’s mother.

Joanna Chestnut Price, who is being held at a German jail on murder charges, is accused of stabbing her husband to death during a Monday night party at the couple’s apartment at Pioneer Kaserne.

Marsha Price, the mother of Pfc. Price, told KFVS12 Heartland News based in Missouri that there was a history of violence in the relationship.

“She stabbed him before. Jealousy, envy, whatever her motive was, she has to live with it. He had friends, she got upset with him for walking outside the door. That’s just Joanna,” Marsha Price told the network.

Price, who was from Unity, Ill., served with the 502nd Engineer Company in Hanau. A memorial service will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Pioneer Kaserne chapel.

“That’s not how I expected him to go,” his mother told KFVS12. “He was in the Army, and I expected him to go in line of duty, not by someone else’s hands, not by his own wife’s hands.”

Jost Ort, the Hanau prosecutor handling the case, said Friday that there were no new details to report.

Earlier this week, Ort said there were three party guests who witnessed the stabbing. One of them contacted authorities.

About 9 p.m. Monday, German and U.S. military police arrived on the scene along with German medical emergency personnel. The soldier was pronounced dead almost immediately.

Marsha Price told KFVS12 that she hopes to win custody of her young grandchild, who is currently in protective custody.

“As long as I get the grandbaby, that’s all I want. As long as I get Elizha,” Marsha Price said.

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John covers U.S. military activities across Europe and Africa. Based in Stuttgart, Germany, he previously worked for newspapers in New Jersey, North Carolina and Maryland. He is a graduate of the University of Delaware.

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