A Pennsylvania mother of three was allegedly tracked down by her abusive ex and shot to death after she fled home in fear for her safety.
Rebecca "Beckie" Solt, 40, was gunned down on Aug. 27 as she sat on a swing outside of a Hyde home, Pennsylvania paper The Progress reports. A spokesperson for the Lawrence Township Police told Oxygen.com that she was shot three times. Her former boyfriend, Anthony Boone, was arrested the next day and he is expected to be charged with multiple offenses, including murder and prohibited possession of a firearm. He had fled the scene and allegedly shot himself before he was arrested, Centre Daily Times reports. He survived the self-inflicted injury.
A fundraiser created by Solt’s family said that she was shot with a rifle at close range while her 5-year-old daughter, who she shared with Boone, witnessed the attack. Solt also has two other children, ages 12 and 19, from a previous marriage.
Solt’s family alleges she'd been in an abusive relationship with Boone for almost a decade. They wrote that her manager at Burger King, where she worked, helped her flee home a few months ago. She was staying with that manager when she was killed.
A witness told investigators they saw text messages from Boone to Solt in which he threatened to kill her once he tracked her down, the Centre Daily Times reports.
A spokesperson for the Lawrence Township Police confirmed to Oxygen.com that Solt filed an order of protection from abuse against Boone in July. It was still active at the time of her death.
Boone has been convicted at least three times to either assault or terroristic threats, the Centre Daily Times reports. It’s not clear if he has a lawyer who can speak on his behalf.
Investigators are still looking for the whereabouts of Boone’s vehicle, which is believed to be near a body of water. Anyone with information is asked to call Clearfield County 911 at 814-765-1533.
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