A beautiful, 33 year-old mother with four (4) children, Joel Johnson, 12, Jazzlyn Johnson, 13, Jaxs Johnson, 15, and Pebbles Johnson, 17.
Thomas was a seemingly good mother. She also worked as a human resources manager for Renco Electronics and was active in her church.
But lately Thomas was going through some private issues.
Thomas split from the children’s father, Joe Johnson Jr., in 2010, ending a rocky, violent relationship. In a 2000 incident, police reported Johnson had beaten her and knocked her into a wall for failing to make dinner. in 2007 he was in prison serving three years on drug charges.
Thomas’s son Jaxs was due in Juvenile Court on charges that he recently attacked his mother. Thomas was recently seeking family counseling services, concerned about his mental state.
As a single-mother Thomas supported the family on an extremely tight budget, taking home only $2,000 per month according to social worker reports. But Friday, she visited a food pantry for help with food. While there, she asked the minister to pray for her.
But when she got home, something changed.
In the early morning hours of May 15th, gunshots were reported from Thomas’s address.
Thomas was found Saturday morning, on a couch in the garage, dead from a single self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Upon further investigation, Jax’s body was in the family room shot repeatedly in a manner that suggested his mother had the gun pressed to his chest. Pepples was outside with three bullet holes in her. Jazzlyn and Joel were found in the entry hall riddled with seven and five shots respectively.
Autopsy reports reveal Tonya Thomas had a staggering blood-alcohol level more than double the legal limit when she fatally shot her four children then turned the gun on herself.
Thomas, 33, of Florida, had a blood-alcohol level of 0.16 percent at the time of her death – the equivalent of ten drinks for a woman of her height and weight.
She sent a text to her co-worker about two (2) hours before the killings, asking to be cremated with her children.
This story reminds me of a saying that my Grandma would say…
‘Hug someone, love someone, listen to someone, because you never know when your light is shining for someone else…
R.I.P. to the family.