Girl, 17, shot dead while protect her mother from woman’s drunken boyfriend who then killed himself in murder-suicide
A Georgia man shot dead his girlfriend’s 17-year-old daughter, wounded the woman and injured a Good Samaritan who came to her aid before turning the gun on himself over the weekend.
Elberton police Chief Mark Welsh says 49-year-old Raphael Diaz de Leon was drunk when he got into an altercation with his girlfriend, Rhonda Cureton (left), shortly before 7pm on Saturday.
Cureton, a divorced mother-of-three, ran out of her house in the area of Wallis and Reese streets and flagged down a passing motorist, 83-year-old Norman Grimes, pleading with him to take her and her daughters to safety.
Neighbors said both Alyric Fouch, 17, and her younger sister fought the boyfriend in the street and tried to stop him from going after their mother.
As Cureton was getting into Grimes’ car, police say Diaz de Leon opened fire, killing Fouch.
Her mother suffered a gunshot wound to the neck, and the octogenarian Good Samaritan was wounded in the shoulder. Both Cureton and Mr. Grimes have since been released from the hospital.
Police say the mother’s two surviving daughters, 12-year-old Deryann and 10-year-old Simona, were home at the time and witnessed the killings, but were unharmed, reported Fox Carolina.
Officers who responded to reports of shots fired found Alyric Fouch’s lifeless body lying in the middle of the street.
When they entered the family’s residence, they discovered Diaz de Leon dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Authorities say they are investigating the case as a murder-suicide.
Heroic: Neighbors said both Alyric (pictured) and her younger sister fought Diaz de Leon in the street and tried to stop him from going after their mother