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Children Ask Father to Surrender in Mother's Slaying

Posted March 4, 2008

— The son and daughter of a Hoke County man wanted in connection with the stabbing death of their mother on Tuesday begged him to surrender.

Linda Shaw Thomas, 47, was stabbed 21 times early Monday after someone broke into her home east of Raeford, authorities said. Thomas called 911 during the attack.

Allen Thomas Sr., 51, her former husband, is being sought in the slaying.

The couple had been divorced for 10 years, and Linda Thomas took out a restraining order against her ex-husband last July to keep him from entering her home, authorities said.

Allen Thomas Jr., 21, and Comecya Thomas, 20, held a news conference Tuesday afternoon at which they made a public plea for their father to surrender.

"If I could speak to my dad right now, I would let him know that I love him," said Allen Thomas Jr., a student at East Carolina University. "This incident is completely beside his actual character. It's hard to understand right now."

Comecya Thomas, a student at Fayetteville State University, also said she still loved her father and wanted him to give up peacefully and quietly.

"I just want him to know that I love him and i love his family, no matter what, and I'll always love his family," she said.

Neither of the Thomas children were at their mother's house at the time of the attack. But two foster children, girls ages 15 and 17, were there and were awakened by Linda Thomas' screams, authorities said.

The foster children, who weren't injured, are staying with Linda Thomas' relatives.

A couple of people have reported seeing Allen Thomas Sr. in Hoke County, Sheriff Hubert Peterkin said. Investigators have expanded their search to surrounding counties, but they said they believe he is still in the Raeford area.

Peterkin said it's possible that Thomas could be staying with friends or relatives.

Allen Thomas Jr. said some people have harassed his grandparents since the slaying.

"This is a tough time as it is. Please leave my grandparents alone. If they knew where he was, they would tell us," he said.


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  • iron fist Mar 5, 2008

    I understand he is turning himself in this afternoon.

  • iron fist Mar 5, 2008

    Maybe he will resist the officers when they find him and still have a knife in his hand. No courts, no appeals, justice will be done.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Mar 5, 2008

    Its a sad situation all around. The children begging their father to turn himself in. He was wrong on all counts and know it. He is running now but how far? Anyone that is harboring this fugitive should have to pay by spending several years in prison. Someone knows exactly where he is. My prayers is for the family especially the children. Having lost their own mother in a horrible was knowing their father is the one who killed her. When will the killing stop? Only the individual can do that. Restraining Order is not worth the paper it is written on. Too many women has lost their live because of it. Enough is enough. Put these men in jail immediately until court time and only then will the women will feel safe. Continue to pray for the Lord will answer in His own way and time.

  • islandgirl Mar 4, 2008

    I agree with Sweetsea....Restraining order is a big fat JOKE... People say ohh... a Restraining order will protect you.... Ya it will protect you when you shoot the monster thats trying to harm you or you children... as self defense... This is anger, pure evil, you stabb the mother of your children your wife 21 times, all over, your a sick man, that needs to be caught, or better yet save us tax payers alot of money and turn yourself in... You need to be taken off the streets, and plea GUILTY and get it over with.... Praying for the family's involve....

  • sweetsea Mar 4, 2008

    Abusers never stop. Get a restraining order and then get a gun, a revolver is the most dependable and learn to use it. Get on record with the order and then shoot the SOB if he tries to harm you or your children. Cemetaries are full of women who had restraining orders. Juries have no sympathy for men with a history of domestic violence and will never convict a woman who really fears for her life and her children and has to take her own protective action. This lady was a working and productive citizen. May God be with the children and the womans family.

  • Adelinthe Mar 4, 2008

    Iseeu and Missladee - I agree with you both.

    This beast has done enough to his own family. Come take your medicine like the man you THINK you are.

    Praying for the family and for the foster children who thought they had a "home."

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Iseeu Mar 4, 2008

    Restraining orders are a joke, why don't they make the paper say what it really means COME KILL ME, women need to buy a gun before they get one so they can be ready because he is coming!

  • Sunkist Mar 4, 2008

    I wanna know what is he running for or hiding from....you were bad to knife this women 21 times than come take your punishment like a man..And if anybody is hiding him out after knowing what he did is crazy and need to get as much time as he gets.