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Police: Man violated order to shoot ex, her son at bus stop

Posted October 31, 2016
Updated November 1, 2016

— A woman and her son were shot Monday morning in a Rocky Mount neighborhood in an incident officials are calling a domestic dispute.

Court records show that Tonya Boyd, 43, had a temporary restraining order on file to protect her from 48-year-old Brian Vincent White. In her application, Boyd wrote that White told her there would be "a price to pay for stringing him along" and warned she could expect a "closed-casket funeral."

"She's been having trouble with this man for a long time," said a neighbor who was too scared to give her name.

Boyd and her 21-year-old son, Emmanuel Boyd, were shot in their front yard near the intersection of Westry Road and Primrose Place as they walked Boyd's younger son to the bus stop.

Both had surgery after the shooting, but authorities did not release additional information about their conditions. The younger boy was unhurt, police said.

Police charged White with two counts of attempted first-degree murder and violation of a protective order.

Tonya Boyd's friends in the neighborhood said she feared for her life, and that White routinely violated the protective order.

One woman said she heard the shots and ran outside to see her friend bleeding on the ground.

Police said, although the bus had arrived at the stop, no students were injured.


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  • Joseph Wilkins Nov 1, 2016
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    Is it just me or does the headline make it seem that he was given an order to shoot them and the refused. "Man violated order to shoot ex, her son at bus stop"??? Maybe try, 'Man violated protection order, shoots ex and her son at bus stop.' or 'Man violated order, shoots ex and her son at bus stop'.

  • Donnell Williams Oct 31, 2016
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    The minute a valid and enforceable restraining order is issued, the defendant should have all weapons confiscated.

  • Louanna Buck Oct 31, 2016
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    The mom has passed away. Restraining orders do not work unless the person being "restrained" agrees to stay away.

  • Rod Runner Oct 31, 2016
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    This wasn't a random crime or gang violence. Comparing apples to oranges here. This would happen in any city or town or rural area because of the person, not because of the place.

  • TJ Wahoo Oct 31, 2016
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    That is wrong on so many fronts. If she had a protective order in place his weapons would have been confiscated. There should be lengthy automatic sentences for crimes committed by persons prohibited from owning firearms, e.g. convicted felons. No woman should have to live in imminent danger and constant fear.

  • Catherine Edwards Oct 31, 2016
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    I agree with Frank. And why is White not in jail for violating previous protective orders?
    Well now it's attempted murder Mr. White. Goodbye to your life. At least Ms. Boyd is safe now as long as the guy doesn't get bond.

  • Frank Curcio Oct 31, 2016
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    A restraining order is about as strong as the paper it is printed on.

  • Mary Murphy Oct 31, 2016
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    Doesn't matter what city you live in, no one deserves what happened to her and her son.

  • Bobby Lee Jimmy Billy Oct 31, 2016
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    Steve Moore.........small mind

  • Steve Moore Oct 31, 2016
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    Rocky Mount.........little Chicago