Alveda Edwards, 43, was on her way to her church services on Sunday. Active in her church it has been reported that she was there at least twice a week. Family has said that she liked to go to the early services so that she could spend time with the grandchildren in Sunday School.
Mrs. Edwards was married to Tommy Edwards Jr, 46, and the relationship has been described as ‘tumultuous’. The parents of two adult children had been living separately for about 6 months. Allegedly Mrs. Edwards may have been planning on getting a divorce.
One family member described Tommy Edwards as intense. “Tommy was an intense person,” “He was a smart person, a smart worker. But he had an intense personality.” Reportedly he was a member of the church, but hadn’t attended for years. Records have shown that Edwards has a criminal record with several arrests for fraud, assault, burglary, and robbery in the late 70’s and early 80’s. Reportedly Edwards may have made a threat against Mrs. Edwards and other family members last week.
In the church parking lot on Sunday, witnesses say that Tommy Edwards was there and the couple argued. It was reported that Edwards appeared to be irate and pulled a gun and shot Alveda Edwards in the face multiple times. She was later prounced dead at the hospital. Edwards fled the scene.
On Monday Edwards walked into the jail lobby and turned himself in. Reportedly what led up to the shooting was that he didn’t want the divorce. Edwards has been charged with murder.
The relationship has been described as ‘tumultuous’ and though I often see that used in describing relationships which involved domestic violence, it certainly has other meanings. There doesn’t appear to have been any arrests for previous domestic violence and I didn’t see where police had made any statements regarding any previous complaints.
Certainly any threats made should be taken serious if the couple is in the process of a breakup. Because a separation/divorce can be such an emotionally traumatic time, even if you don’t think they are serious, even if you don’t think they would ever follow through, even if you don’t think they would have the nerve- take it serious and take action to protect yourself.
Also, if a couple is in the process of a divorce/separation and one partner shows up in a place they are not known to frequent, at a time that the other partner is there, that should be taken seriously. Don’t rely on the fact that other people are there. Often they don’t care. They know they will be suspects and the other witnesses could be in danger if they attempt to interfere.