Woman posted selfies of boyfriend aiming a gun at her head; found dead hours later

Oct 5, 2015

Liron Samuels

Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

Woman posted selfies of boyfriend aiming a gun at her head; found dead hours later

Oct 5, 2015

Liron Samuels

Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

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21-year-old mother of two captured selfies showing her boyfriend aiming a gun at her head and posted them on Snapchat. Just a few hours later she was found dead in her apartment with a gunshot wound on the side of her head.

We’ve recently encountered several fatal selfies involving guns, but this might be the first selfie with a killer.

The photos, with her boyfriend, were taken last Sunday at the victim’s home in North Little Rock, Arkansas where they lived with another two roommates.

According to the police report, one of the roommates bumped into the boyfriend crying. The latter allegedly said he had shot her before fleeing from the area.

Her uncle said of the photos posted online that “They were disturbing to see him hold a gun. I guess they were loaded. In her back … it is just mind blowing. I don’t understand how anybody can do that”.

That being said, both roommates told police that they’ve seen the boyfriend around the house with a green gun several times in the past, with one of them stating that he would “routinely” hold it against the victim’s head while “playing around”.

Police found a .45 caliber green gun and ammo that matches the roommates’ description, and a photo of the boyfriend posted on Facebook prior to the incident, under a nearby shed. It is not mentioned if police tested the gun or the bullet, but we’ve all seen enough episodes of CSI to know that possessing the gun should probably suffice to determine if it was the murder weapon.

The photo Gonzales uploaded to Facebook
The photo uploaded to Facebook

Arkansas Matters adds that the boyfriend, who was convicted last year of felony theft, pleaded not guilty in court and was given a $1 million bond.

[via Metro]

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20 responses to “Woman posted selfies of boyfriend aiming a gun at her head; found dead hours later”

  1. Jay Heinze Avatar
    Jay Heinze

    Ugh

  2. Andrew Krum Avatar
    Andrew Krum

    I get that you have to drive traffic to your site, but this one is a stretch. Has nothing to do with any DIY aspect.

  3. Mike Hill Avatar
    Mike Hill

    And, Unfollowed.

  4. Bernie Welch III Avatar
    Bernie Welch III

    This isn’t photography related. How about a composite tutorial?

  5. Elizabeth Petofi Avatar
    Elizabeth Petofi

    Well, the gun in the images has a laser light but otherwise not the sort of lighting most DIY photograpers are interested in. I hope!

  6. Michal Rosa Avatar
    Michal Rosa

    How is it even remotely photography related?

  7. Ann Mehrman Avatar
    Ann Mehrman

    We talk about the ethics of photographers and the images that they create and “capture.” The ability to create an image and share it with today’s technology is something that society is working to deal with. Technological developments are implemented ahead of society’s ability to cope with the consequences. In the early days of photography and throughout our history how has society been affected with images of war? human suffering? catastrophic events? What are the ethics of taking the photo instead of engaging with the subject. Photography is about more than the image, it is about the process, the motivation, the image and how that image is perceived by others. Discussion about photos is an important part developing as a photographer.

  8. Jan Avatar
    Jan

    Please delete or rename the names of victims and offender, it’s a sad story and their names are not part of photography interests. :(

  9. Gáspár István Avatar
    Gáspár István

    DIY unfollows…

  10. Nguyễn Khánh Avatar
    Nguyễn Khánh

    Yeah. One more article and im out. Stay with what you good at.

  11. Viggo Næss Avatar
    Viggo Næss

    It blows my fucking mind that you guys are upset that article doesn’t fit, when a kid lost her life! What’s wrong with you?

    1. ext237 Avatar
      ext237

      The situation is tragic and horrible. And should be reported, both as a reminder about gun issues and to help find this guy if he is still loose. But it is not related to the subject matter promised by this website. It’s equivalent to publishing a post titled “Guy in Fresh White T-Shirt Shoots Girl Friend” on a men’s fashion blog.

    2. Shannon Der Aldinger Avatar
      Shannon Der Aldinger

      If we wanted to read about Gun Deaths we would be following Bloomberg’s Anti-gun propaganda group whatever their name is this week, maybe “Any Borough for Firearm Responsibility”.

      Let me guess you loved the Facebook and Bank Robbery posts as well. I guess I can see how Bank Robbery can be “DIY” but still not “DIY Photography”.

    3. Christian Lynge Avatar
      Christian Lynge

      If I want to get horrible news-articles in my newsfeed, I’ll follow some common media. It is not why I’m following DIY-photography.

    4. Viggo Næss Avatar
      Viggo Næss

      It is indeed important, because it’s this crazy selfie trend that causes it. Yesterday I saw one of those Russian kids that climb the rooftops and hangs outside buildings died also. A lot of young readers here that might just get it…

  12. Shannon Der Aldinger Avatar
    Shannon Der Aldinger

    Liron Samuels seems to be the only one posting the crap articles about Bank robbers, guns and Facebook. Maybe there is a way to unfollow just his spam.

  13. Grant Watkins Avatar
    Grant Watkins

    Why is this posted here? DIY-TMZ?

  14. Christian Lynge Avatar
    Christian Lynge

    Dear DIY-photography, I do not want such articles posted by you in my newsfeed. It is not what I chose to follow you for, it even goes against that choice. I choose to follow you to get DIY-photography -related posts pop up from time to time in my newsfeed. Stick to it.

  15. cbenci Avatar
    cbenci

    How is this DIY Photography? Try and justify this article.

    I come to this site to escape this type of internet trash article. Well, not any more I guess.

    Between whiny lists, sarcastic open letters and this crap, actual DIY Photography articles are few and far between.

  16. r_sarvas Avatar
    r_sarvas

    This is low even for DIY. I really liked it when you guys talked about making your own soft boxes and stuff. This story… is like something you see on FOX News.