Erica Bias, 26, was the loving mother of two young children ages 14 months and 5 months old.
She was a college graduate with a degree in sociology. Relatives say she was hard working and
supported herself and her two children. She and her two children lived with her sister in a basement
She was also separated from her husband. Family says there had been problems over the last two to two
and a half years. They say she was going to divorce her husband and he didn’t like that.
It is reported that two months ago the estranged husband kicked in her glass and held her hostage for several
hours before leaving. He was arrested for that incident and spent about a month in jail, but was recently released.
Family says the husband was sending her text messages threatening to kill her and himself. Her father was with her on
Christmas Eve when she received another message and another threat. He tried to get her to make a report on the threats but
but she told her father, “He ain’t going to do nothing, Daddy. I’ll be alright.”
Tuesday, someone came in through an unsecured door in the apartment complex. And when the man came to the door to Bias’s
apartment, her sister opened the door a crack. Allegedly the man pushed the door open and forced his way into the apartment.
There was a struggle and Erica Bias’s throat was cut. The man may have received an injury also, as a trail of blood was found leading
to a nearby woods. Police responded to a call about trouble at the apartment and found Erica Bias lying on the floor bleeding.
Erica Bias died from her wounds.
Police have not name a suspect. But the family thinks they know who it is.
When all this happened police say there were four children in the apartment. Police are not sure if they saw anything.
I would like to reiterate that no one has been charged with this crime, and though police say they have a suspect they have declined to name them.
With a long history like this and no major injuries, a person may be lulled into a false sense of security. Threats made and not acted on may give
the feeling that nothing is going to happen, that it is just talk and they won’t really do anything.
And maybe they won’t do anything this time or the next time. But when they do, it is usually too late to get help.
Take all threats seriously. Make a report, and if necessary make second and third reports. Follow through on prosecution. Get a protective order and
make sure it is enforced. As long as they are behind bars, they cannot threaten and cannot harm.
And above all, take yourself and your children to a place of safety. Not a relatives home, go to a home they cannot find, leave town or go to a shelter.
No matter how long it has gone on, it is a matter of life and death. Do not wait until ‘eventually’ comes.
As I was writing this and before I even got it posted, the estranged husband of Erica Bias was found dead near the apartment complex where she was murdered.
The coroner has confirmed an apparent suicide. It is reported that he bled to death.
Erica Bias had taken out a restraining order on her estranged husband Marcus, 28. Police have confirmed he was a suspect in her murder.