Tyrika Terrell was a loving and caring person who worked for the post office. When she wasn’t at work, she was home taking care of her 6 month-old daughter. The 22 year-old mother hadn’t worked at the post office long as she allegedly started last month. Everything was going well in her life except for one thing. Her child’s father, Quantez D’Ante Tyre, wouldn’t leave her alone.
On Monday, November 27th, 22 year-old Tyrika Terrell was finishing up her shift at the post office when she encountered her estranged boyfriend and father to her 6 month-old child, Quantez D’Ante Tyre. According to the NY Daily News, before Tyre ambushed Terrell, witnesses spotted Tyre sitting at Coin Laundry, near the post office. Just before the shooting, Tyre stalked her, before walking up and shooting her multiple times in the head.
He kept peeping out the window like he was looking for something or somebody, the business owner told WSB. Apparently he saw her and he turned the corner and I heard, ‘pow, pow.’ So after that I came inside and I locked the door.
Terrell tried to call for help but it was too late. She died on the scene.
Refusing To Surrender:
According to WSBTV, investigators were searching for Tyre and they discovered him Friday hiding in a relative’s home as he allegedly refused to come out. Refusing to surrender, Tyre set the home he was hiding in on fire as he also reportedly shot himself. Despite the fact that Tyre shot himself, his wounds were not fatal. Tyre was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital for his injuries, where he will remain in custody of the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office. Once he is released from the hospital, he will be processed into the DeKalb County Jail.
BREAKING: Quantez Tyre, the suspect wanted in the alleged shooting of Tyrika Terrell, is now in custody. DKPD Detectives, DKSO & U.S. Postal Service on scene. pic.twitter.com/MoiXhXCmOK
— DeKalb County Police (@DeKalbCountyPD) December 1, 2017
Before allegedly murdering the mother of his child, Tyre had been arrested in 2016 for allegedly grabbing and attacking a former girlfriend as she tried to leave an elevator, according to the Journal-Constitution. Tyre plead guilty to a charge of battery and was sentenced to 12 months of probation as well as domestic violence counseling.
Sadly, stories like this are too common. As we mourn the loss of Terrell, her mother Eugenia Terrell-Grant is dreading the day that she has to tell her grandchild that her mother is never coming home.
The family has established a Go Fund Me account to help with burial costs.