(WMC) - A Memphis mother of two was shot and killed by her estranged husband outside a Whitehaven day care center Tuesday morning.
Investigated as domestic violence
Tasha's family says she feared for her life. Her aunt, Jacqueline Jones, says her niece recently filed for divorce and attempted to leave the relationship several times.
"When they put their hands on you that first time, you need to listen. You need to understand that it's not going to get better, and inevitably if you try to break away, they are going to take you out and that's what happened to my niece. My niece has been trying to get away for the longest," Jones said.
Tasha's family is devastated.
Family and friends mourn
Records uncover husband's escalating violent behavior
In February, Thomas said her husband struck her in the face and hit her repeatedly, after they were joking about another family member's marital issues. On August 20, Thomas walked into the East Raines police precinct and said she noticed her "estranged husband" was following her.
It all escalated August 23, when Charles crashed a baby shower inside Abundant Fellowship Church. He paced up the aisles and yelled at Tasha.
Investigators say Thomas rode away on his motorcycle. He was arrested Aug. 25 on a $15,000 bond.
"He was brought down here [201 Poplar], he was given a bond, and was able to get together the resources to make that bond," Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich said.
Charles was free on bond when he committed Tuesday's violence. Click here to read WMC Action News 5's full report on Charles's records.