Rocky Mount mom dies in domestic shooting, son injured, police say

Tonya Boyd 43, and her son Emmanuel Boyd, 21. (Provided by family)
Tonya Boyd 43, and her son Emmanuel Boyd, 21. (Provided by family)

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (WNCN) – Rocky Mount police said a woman was shot and killed Monday by a man who she had a protective order against.

Tonya Boyd 43, and her son Emmanuel Boyd, 21, were injured in the shooting incident in the 4600 block of Primrose Place, Rocky Mount police said.

Just before 7 a.m., Tonya and Emmanuel Boyd were wheeling Tonya’s 15-year-old disabled son to the bus stop when Brian Vincent White approached them, police said.

White shot Tonya and Emmanuel Boyd as a bus carrying children was at the curb, police said.

Emmanuel Boyd called 911 in the aftermath.

Emmanuel Boyd – Shots fired. Two shot.”
911 dispatcher – “Has anyone been shot?”
Emmanuel Boyd – “Yes, me and my mother have both been shot.”

The Boyds were transported to a Greenville hospital for treatment.

Tonya Boyd later died from her injuries. Emmanuel Boyd is listed in good condition, the hospital confirms.

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White, 48, was taken into custody following the shooting and charged with first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder for wounding Emmanuel Boyd.

Brian Vincent White
Brian Vincent White

Court records show that Tonya Boyd had a temporary restraining order against White.

“He was adamant that he was going to destroy her. He was adamant that if he couldn’t have her nobody else was,” a neighbor told CBS North Carolina.

This neighbor called it an obsession for White.

She didn’t want us to show her face or give her name but siad she heard the gunfire and came out of her house on Primrose Place to see her best friend her son on the ground.

“I said, ‘Who shot you?’ She said, ‘Brian shot me. He was hiding behind my truck.’ She said, ‘He shot my son.'”

Less than two weeks ago, Tonya Boyd obtained that domestic violence order of protection.

In it, she said she broke up with White in May but had been harassing her since.

The document said White stopped by Tonya Boyd’s house and called her at work.

White said she “would have to have a closed casket funeral” and that “there was a price to pay for stringing him along.”

That protective order meant White couldn’t contact Tonya Boyd and couldn’t be within 500 feet of her home or property.

“I’m just mad because the system failed my girlfriend,” the neighbor said.

Rocky Mount police declined CBS North Carolina’s request for an on-camera interview.

They called it a “tragic case” and said there was no call history to that home and that this appears to be the first order of protection.

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