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Warrant offers some insight in Bunn teen's shooting

Posted May 11, 2007
Updated August 4, 2010

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— A man accused of shooting his estranged girlfriend twice in the back Thursday had a history of violence, according to an arrest warrant that was never served.

Elvira Hernandez, 17, had gotten off the bus from school, when authorities said, Christopher Steven Thomas, 20, of Louisburg, shot her. She died on the steps to her home.

Thomas then turned the gun on himself. He was listed in critical but stable condition Friday afternoon at WakeMed. Authorities issued an arrest warrant Friday against Thomas, charging him with first-degree murder.

The arrest warrant, issued May 3, shows that Thomas was wanted for punching, scratching, biting and hitting Hernandez. He also threatened to kill her if she told anyone about the alleged incident, the warrant says.

Franklin County Sheriff Pat Green said that deputies tried several times to locate Thomas and serve the warrants, because his mother covered for him.

"His mother, each time, told officers he was not there," Green said. "After the homicide took place yesterday, we re-interviewed the mother, and she admitted she was covering for him."

Authorities have yet to decide whether to file charges against the mother, but have planned to talk to the district attorney about that possibility.

Green said there was also quite a bit of ammunition at the scene, even though Thomas had one gun. That left investigators to speculate that he had intentions to kill more people inside the home, he said.

Hernandez shared the home at 664 Ferrells Bridge Road with the couple's 2-year-old son and her aunt. They were inside the house at the time. When Thomas could not get inside, that is when he turned the gun on himself, Green said.

Hernandez, a junior at Bunn High School, was a straight-A student who was planning to graduate in January and was planning to go to college, family members said.

School administrators remembered her as "a wonderful young lady."

Franklin County school Superintendnent Bert L’Homme said what happened to one of their promising students is overwhelming.

"It's not ever easy," he said. "This is senseless and it's tragic."

A trust fund has been established to help Hernandez's family pay for funeral costs, authorities said. Donations can be made payable to Bunn High School, P.O. Box 146, Bunn, N.C. 27508. Write "Hernandez Fund" in the memo section of checks.

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  • voddiecoop May 13, 2007

    As a man, I readily admit that something must be done about the macho attitude men have towards women in this country. Being a civilized society we as men must immediately and absolutely stop treating women in our society as if they were our property to do with as we wish. I am heart-broken for this young lady and her grieving family. I only wish I know what I could do as an individual to end this vicious cycle of domestic violence in America.

  • burgess827 May 13, 2007

    my heart and prayers goes out to the family of this young lady. what is this world coming to, people have lost there mind. now this family has to live without there love one due to foolishness. he had no right to take her life but, every cold hearted heart has there day and for his mother (are you happy now?) what if it was your child. she should be charged and i feel strongly convicted along with him.. I hope God have mercy on there sole.

  • mom2threecld May 13, 2007

    this is so sad. what has happened to our male population? more men are killing women more than ever. the mother should not have covered for her son, but sometimes we all try to protect our own when we shouldn't. he is 20, so he is accountable for everything far as i am concerned. who knows, maybe he threatened to kill his mom if she didn't lie? it's just so sad this young lady lost her life because of a controlling man.

  • Cyn May 12, 2007

    Even if his mother had turned him in, he would have been right back out on bond, because it would have been low in a domestic case, and still had the opportunity to do this. She didn't kill this young lady. I don't want to spend any money keeping her locked up. She already has to live with the horrible actions of her son and the death of the mother of her grandchild. That is enough.

  • NCMOMof3 May 12, 2007

    I disagree with Tawny that the parents need to be held accountable. At 20 years of age, he should have be accountable for his own actions. However, the mom knew her son was guilty of what the warrant alleged (deep down we all KNOW what our children are capable of of) and she should be held accountable for impeding this process and I feel this makes her an accessory to this murder. I'm just so thankful he was not able to enter the house. I'm pretty sure if he had made it into that house, the baby and anyone else in that house would also be dead.

  • ERRN May 12, 2007

    This is whats wrong with todays youth. Parents always sticking up for their kid's bad behavior-no consequences. She should be made responsible, she is part to blame too.

  • Free at Last May 12, 2007

    Lock-up both for life.

  • 1 friend May 12, 2007

    NOT DOWNING THE MOTHER CAUSE I HAVE A SON MYSELF AND NOT KNOWING WHAT I WOULD ACTUALLY DO IF I WAS IN THE SAME SITUATION BUT IF SHE HAD NOT COVERED FOR HIM THIS YOUNG LADY WOULD PROBABLY STILL BE ALIVE TODAY. NOW NOT ONE BUT THREE PEOPLE ARE VICTIMS. THERE IS ONE LIFE GONE BY DEATH, ANOTHER GONE POSSIBLY BY JAIL TIME W/O PAROLE OR DEATH, AND A CHILD W/O A MOTHER OR A FATHER.

  • Tawny May 12, 2007

    This was probably not the first time that this poor mother "covered up" for her son. Only when parents began to be held accountable for their children's behavior(s) will the community began to see positive behavioral change. This process begans long before children become teenagers. Parents are responsible, or should be held reponsible (because some aren't) for helping their children become self-sufficient, responsible young adults.

  • truth May 12, 2007

    They should convict that crazy mother! Must be a bad gene pool.

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