HOLLY SPRINGS, Miss. — Tonya House’s engagement ring still gleams, but it’s her spirit that she says is now shattered.
House says she’d kissed her fiance Terry Holloway goodbye just 20 minutes before the news of tragedy reached her doorstep.
Around 12:45 a.m. Saturday, police received a call about shots fired and a car wreck near West College Avenue and McKinney Street. There, officers found Holloway suffering from several gunshot wounds in his vehicle. He was pronounced dead on the scene, police said.
"I just feel broken," House said. "They just took his life for nothing, and they didn’t just take his life, they took part of mine."
For House this is not a new nightmare. She says in February her son was murdered.
"Since my son got killed he was my only supporter. He was only thing holding me up."
While the family has many questions tonight, earlier we talked to a woman who lost her son to gun violence just six months ago. She says hearing that Holloway was killed in the same manner as her son stopped her in her tracks.
"It broke my heart," Sandra Bady said. "I couldn't even just go back to sleep. I tossed and turned then first thing popped into my head was my son. It was a very devastating feeling, then I thought about his family. It's just sad."
According to family, a group of men beat up Terry Holloway, 34, a week before the fatal shooting.
Witnesses told police they saw three people running east on College Street following the homicide.
If you know anything that could help the investigation, call Holly Springs Police at (662) 252-2122.