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Texas Man Arrested In Fatal Shooting Of 14-Year-Old He'd Previously Threatened
“I am torn up inside because that was my baby," Jessica Foster, the mother of 14-year-old Neveah Foster said.
A 22-year-old man has been apprehended in the fatal shooting of a Dallas teenager whose bullet-ridden body was found abandoned on the side of a city road last week.
Tyrone Davis was arrested on Dec. 16 in connection to the murder of 14-year-old Neveah Foster, according to the Dallas Police Department. Foster had reported Davis to police for threatening her with a gun on Dec. 10 — just days prior to the shooting — according to a probable cause statement obtained by Oxygen.com.
According to a witness' statement to police, the night before her murder Foster said that she “wanted to go see” Davis, and then went to his apartment some time after 9 p.m. The unnamed individual claimed that Foster had also previously divulged that Davis “wanted to sexually assault her.” The same person said they last saw Foster getting into a grey vehicle with Davis, who was allegedly armed, at about 9:30 p.m.
The 14-year-old left the unidentified person a phone message about an hour later, before all correspondence ceased.
Police also received tips that Foster had been running through Davis’ purported apartment complex shortly before her body was found, banging on doors and yelling that the 22-year-old was chasing her with a gun.
Around 3 a.m on Dec. 15, an unidentified witness phoned 911 regarding an unresponsive individual lying on the side of the street at 2000 South Merrifield Road — which is adjacent to Mountain Creek Lake in southwest Dallas.
Upon arrival, Dallas police officers located Foster, who had sustained multiple gunshot wounds. Emergency responders pronounced her dead on the scene.
A number of discarded "prophylactics and contraceptives" were found in the immediate vicinity, the case’s affidavit alleged.
Authorities suspect that Foster was killed some time between 10:30 p.m. on Dec, 14 and 2:59 a.m. on Dec. 15. They haven’t specified a possible motive in her death.
The Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed Neveah Foster’s identity on Monday and Foster’s family further confirmed the 14-year-old’s death on social media. An autopsy is currently pending.
"I am torn up inside because that was my baby," her mother, Jessica Foster, told KDFW. "But to know that someone took her from me is what makes it so much harder to swallow. It's already a hard enough pill to swallow to know my child is not coming back."
Jessica Foster, who explained her daughter struggled with mental health issues and had run away on occasion in the past, is now demanding answers — and justice — for the teenager.
"Right now, I’m sad," Jessica Foster added. "But more than anything, I am pissed off because somebody felt like they were God. Like they had the right to do that to her."
"She didn’t deserve that,” she said. “She was a 14-year-old child. What could she have done to anger someone that much that they felt they had to shoot her? And multiple times? I don’t get it. I don’t understand.”
A GoFundMe has since been set up to help the family cover Neveah Foster’s funeral expenses. The family, which does not have life insurance, has so far raised $5,275.
Davis is being held on a $1 million bond following a preliminary court appearance on Dec. 17, additional court documents and online jail records show. The 22-year-old, who has yet to be formally indicted, hasn’t formally entered a plea in the case and no future court date has been set, officials said.
Lalon Peale, Davis’ court-appointed attorney, also didn’t immediately respond to Oxygen.com’s request for comment regarding the accusations on Monday.