According to the police, 21-year-old Stephanie Hernandez posted one picture of a gun and ammo in her Little Rock home and also sent a Snapchat photo showing her smiling at the camera while her boyfriend, Rafael Gonzalez, holds a gun behind her head.
“Strap Chat,” the caption said, punning a slang term for carrying a gun. A few hours later, she died by the same gun…
That night, the mother of a 3-year-old and an 8-month-old daughter, was found dead from a gunshot wound in her house. Police found the home ransacked, with blood all over a floor. Gonzalez, 20, was arrested the next day and and charged for first-degree murder, police said.
It’s unclear what led to Gonzalez allegedly shooting his girlfriend. Hernandez’s daughters were with relatives when the shooting happened, her friends said. Hernandez’s family members were horrified to see the pictures she had taken, not knowing they would be her last.
“I guess they were loaded. In her back — it is just mind-blowing. I don’t understand how anybody could do that.” Hernandez’s uncle Rey Hernadez told KATV.
Now they’re left to explain to Hernandez’s little girls what happened.
“My nieces have been crying all night,” Hernandez’s sister Camryn Startz told KATV. “I haven’t told my 3-year-old niece anything yet. She knows something is wrong because she wants her mom.”
Relatives said Hernandez had just moved into a new home weeks ago and was supposed to start a job Monday morning. One friend, Jaquinlan Davis, told KATV Hernandez’s boyfriend was “a bad influence” and the two had a rocky, on-and-off relationship.
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