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Rocky Mount woman shot outside her home dies

Posted November 1, 2016

— Tonya Boyd, a 43-year-old woman shot Monday outside her home in Rocky Mount, has died. Police say her ex-boyfriend, Brian Vincent White, shot her in violation of a protective order.

White was expected in court early Tuesday, where he faces a charge of first-degree murder. Police said White shot Boyd and her son, 21-year-old Emmanuel Boyd, as the pair escorted a younger child to the bus stop near the intersection of Westry Road and Primrose Place. 

White is charged with attempted first-degree murder in connection to Emmanuel Boyd's shooting and violating a protection order. The younger child was not injured.

Court records show that Tonya Boyd had a temporary restraining order on file to protect her from 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.


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  • Catherine Edwards Nov 1, 2016
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    You murder someone your life is over too. For the murderer was it worth it?

    I think this is a big issue that no one seems to address. This woman was threatened with her life. There should be a better process to ensure her safety. At least some sort of court ordered counseling for the guy and his anger management issues.

  • Sandy Smith Nov 1, 2016
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    Judges.....Do not give this creature bail....He does not deserve to breathe.