Tashawna Jones, 18, and Tyrone Alston, 19, had been dating for two years, but privately, those close to her would later tell police, she was being abused, and was she "ashamed and scared to tell anyone." She was ready to leave him, they said.
Jones didn't get the chance. On Oct. 12, police say Alston shot her in the back of the head at point-black range in the middle of the street in North Baltimore's Harwood neighborhood.
Police say the shooting was captured on surveillance cameras, as was the couple's movements in the moments leading up to the shooting. Police have tape of the pair walking into a McDonald's on Greenmount Avenue, ordering food and sitting down. They then walked to Barclay and E. 27th St., where police say Alston is seen talking to friends.
Jones and Alston continue walking, to Guilford Avenue and E. 26th St., where police say they can be seen talking for several minutes before Alston pulls out a handgun and shoots her in the back of the head.
Police responding to the scene found Jones lying in a pool of blood, still wearing her school uniform.
Court records show Alston was charged Oct. 20 with drug-related charges, but was released on his own recognizance as police built the murder case against him. He was charged in connection with the murder on Oct. 31, and was picked up on Nov. 5. He's being held without bond.
In his booking photo, Alston has two teardrop tattoos underneath his right eye, and "900" tattooed between his eyes.
Police urged anyone suffering domestic abuse to seek help by calling the department's family crimes unit at 443-984-7030, or the House of Ruth's hotline at 410-889-7884.