Family of married couple reacts to their public murder-suicide - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

Family of married couple reacts to their public murder-suicide

Lyle Charles and Tonya Moses-Charles (source: Charles family) Lyle Charles and Tonya Moses-Charles (source: Charles family)
PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) -

One day in December 2012 was the happiest moment of their lives.   Lyle Charles and Tonya Moses were married and they were excited to be with each other forever.

Family of Lyle Charles showed a picture of him with his newborn granddaughter in his arms and his wife at his side.

But it all came to a crashing end in barely a year's time.  

Family of Moses, too emotional to speak on camera, said she and her husband were no longer living together and she was getting ready to file for divorce.  

Charles' stepdaughter said it was apparent they were having problems.

"He's just been real down lately, between his illness and his marriage, he didn't know what to do."

Tonya Moses' sister said there was no history of violence in their relationship.   She mentioned that Charles recently checked himself into the Bradley Center for mental health treatment, but there was never a sign that things would come to this.  

Charles' son was equally shocked when he got the news this morning.   He was one of the last people to speak to his father.  He reached him on his cell phone after the shooting and minutes before he took his own life.

Kyle Charles said, "I was really lost, I was trying to get his whereabouts.   He wouldn't tell me.   When that happened, I just knew what time it was.   I knew that he was going to kill himself.   He said he didn't want to go to prison. He was tired of suffering.   He was sick.   He had diabetes.   He had neuropathy in his feet, bone cancer in his legs.   He was just fed up, man.   Last thing he told me was, take care of your baby girl, do what you've got to do to provide.   I said 'yes, sir.'" 

Conversely, Tonya Moses died at a time when things were going well for her.   One of her five older sisters said she recently received a promotion at work, where she helped the impoverished receive food stamps.  In the last few weeks, she moved into a newly built house.  Children from her past neighborhood tell me she treated them as her own. 

This tragedy has touched two families in a way that can never be reversed.

"I just want to say, I love my daddy, may he rest in peace.   May Miss Tonya rest in peace. I wish it went differently, but god has answers to everything," said Charles' stepdaughter.

There are a lot of children on both sides of the family who are going to have a very hard time moving forward.   The daughter of Tonya Moses could not finish a sentence without breaking down into tears. They all wish there was something they could have seen or done to prevent this from happening.

Copyright 2014 WTVM. All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • NRA links school violence to Ritalin but experts deny link

    NRA links school violence to Ritalin but experts deny link

    Sunday, May 20 2018 6:51 PM EDT2018-05-20 22:51:57 GMT
    Monday, May 21 2018 2:25 PM EDT2018-05-21 18:25:06 GMT
    (Elizabeth Conley/Houston Chronicle via AP). Flags fly at half staff in front of the justice center at Santa Fe, Texas on Sunday, May 20, 2018. Congregations in this deeply religious community near Houston gathered Sunday for their first worship servic...(Elizabeth Conley/Houston Chronicle via AP). Flags fly at half staff in front of the justice center at Santa Fe, Texas on Sunday, May 20, 2018. Congregations in this deeply religious community near Houston gathered Sunday for their first worship servic...
    The National Rifle Association's incoming president is linking school shootings to using medications such as Ritalin.More >>
    The National Rifle Association's incoming president is linking school shootings to using medications such as Ritalin.More >>
  • 2 MS officers fired amid claims of police brutality

    2 MS officers fired amid claims of police brutality

    Monday, May 21 2018 2:23 PM EDT2018-05-21 18:23:03 GMT
    Barnett is still recovering from his injuries. He claims he was beaten so badly, he is currently unable to work and has to have surgery on his eye. (Photo source: WDAM)Barnett is still recovering from his injuries. He claims he was beaten so badly, he is currently unable to work and has to have surgery on his eye. (Photo source: WDAM)
    Barnett is still recovering from his injuries. He claims he was beaten so badly, he is currently unable to work and has to have surgery on his eye. (Photo source: WDAM)Barnett is still recovering from his injuries. He claims he was beaten so badly, he is currently unable to work and has to have surgery on his eye. (Photo source: WDAM)

    Two Laurel police officers have been terminated from the department following an internal investigation into allegations of police brutality.

    More >>

    Two Laurel police officers have been terminated from the department following an internal investigation into allegations of police brutality.

    More >>
  • EXCLUSIVE: Man accuses Laurel PD of police brutality

    EXCLUSIVE: Man accuses Laurel PD of police brutality

    Monday, May 21 2018 1:29 PM EDT2018-05-21 17:29:14 GMT
    Man accuses Laurel PD of police brutality ; (Photo Source: WDAM)Man accuses Laurel PD of police brutality ; (Photo Source: WDAM)

    A man is recovering from injuries after he claims he was beaten by officers with the Laurel Police Department. Thirty-six-year-old James Barnett indicated the incident took place on Tuesday, May 15.

    More >>

    A man is recovering from injuries after he claims he was beaten by officers with the Laurel Police Department. Thirty-six-year-old James Barnett indicated the incident took place on Tuesday, May 15.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly