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19-Year-Old Accused Of Robbing, Shooting Boyfriend To Death On New Year's Eve
She claims she acted in self-defense.
A Texas teen allegedly shot and killed her boyfriend on New Year’s Eve while she was attempting to rob him, ABC News reported. Yvonne Raquel Ramirez, 19, was charged with murder in the early morning for the death of Joshua McKinney, also 19, whom she had recently begun dating.
Police claim that Ramirez took multiple guns from McKinney and said she would only return them if he paid her $2,000. When the couple met in the street at about 4:30 AM on Sunday, according to a witness, McKinney was able to put Ramirez in a neck hold and hold a gun to her head. The witness ran to call 911, and upon returning found that Ramirez had apparently escape the hold and shot McKinney.
Another witness claimed to see Ramirez attempting to move McKinney’s body after the shooting. Ramirez, who was shot in the shoulder during the struggle, claimed that she fired in self-defense after her boyfriend dropped the gun. But police said her story had inconsistencies.
First, Ramirez allegedly claimed that the gun fired when it was dropped, The Daily Beast reported. Only later did she claim that she grabbed it and fired in self-defense. Police said that Ramirez stole her boyfriend’s wallet as he was bleeding out on the street.
Ramirez is being held in a Harris County jail on a $50,000 bond. She’s scheduled to appear in court today. It is unclear if she has an attorney who can speak on her behalf at this time.
Authorities are investigating if anyone else was involved in the alleged robbery plot or murder, WSFA reported.
“...Please don't let this Yvonne [Ramirez] get away with this cold-hearted crime, she don't know what she did. She took a life and ruined a lot of people’s lives. Josh McKinney was love by very many people so plz come and show your support,” wrote CJ Wingate, a friend of McKinney’s, on Facebook, according to Newsweek.
Just the day before the shooting, Ramirez sounded optimistic about her future in a post on Facebook.
“Everything falling in place, i start my job monday, getting my car soon & then my apt,” she wrote. “Couldn’t be more blessed Thank you God.”
[Image: Harris County Jail, Facebook]