Tony Crayton (Source: Sulphur Springs Police Department)
Jessica Tyler Crayton (Source: Family photo)
SULPHUR SPRINGS, TX (KLTV) -
Sulphur Springs police responded to a 911 call on Tuesday afternoon that led them to a murdered woman.
Police say they received the call around 1 p.m. on Tuesday. No one was on the line, but they were able to trace the call to a house at 108 Morris Drive in Sulphur Springs. Upon arrival, they found the front door of the house was locked but they were able to see a the body of a woman lying on the floor. Officials say the woman, identified as 27-year-old Jessica Tyler Crayton, suffered severe trauma to her neck.
"It's like a nightmare happened and you just want to wake up from this dream. You can't believe that this person who always had a smile, I mean happy go lucky, always had this wonderful smile is no longer here today," said friend and co-worker, Kandi Thomas.
Police say about an hour later, they received another 911 call reporting that a man had jumped off the Interstate 30 overpass on League Street into westbound traffic. The man, Tony Crayton, 31, was not hit by oncoming cars and was flown to a Tyler hospital where he remains under police guard. He is being treated for internal injuries sustained in the fall. The Tyler hospital last reported Tony in good condition. Once he recovers, he will be taken back to Hopkins County and charged with the murder of his wife, Tyler Crayton.
Tyler and Tony were still legally married at the time of her death. Tyler graduated from Sulphur Springs High School in 2005. Friends and family said Tyler followed in her family's footsteps and started working at the Sulphur Springs' Walmart in 2008 where she had made many friends.
"She was loving, caring, she was a Christian young lady, so she gave you all of Tyler every time you saw her," Thomas said.
"Several of us got together today, some for prayer and some just to lean on each other. It's really hard because it's like a part of us is gone," Thomas said.
Fellow co-workers and Tyler's manager say they are devastated by Tyler's death and planned a candlelight vigil in her honor.
"She has touched so many lives just working at the store and here in the community that all of our associates decided to really honor her name, and really come together to support her family and show how much we really loved her and celebrate her life," said Walmart Store Manager, Israel Hernandez.
Two funds have been set up in Tyler's name at local banks. Donations can be made to Alliance Bank or to Pilgrim's Bank. All donated funds will go to Tyler's son who is currently staying with family members.