According to the NY Daily News, 21-year-old Stephanie Hernandez posted a Snapchat selfie on September 27, with the caption “Strap Chat?” as Rafael Gonzalez pointing a gun behind her.
Hernandez, the mother of a 3-year-old and an 8-month-old, was found dead hours later.
Police found the home ransacked, with blood all over a floor.
The next day, Gonzalez, 20, was arrested and charged for first-degree murder, police said.
It’s unclear what led to Gonzalez allegedly shooting his girlfriend.
Gonzalez and Hernandez lived with another man and woman at the residence where Hernandez was found dead, a male roommate told authorities.
That evening before police were called, the male roommate who found Hernandez ran into Gonzalez, and the murder suspect was crying.
Gonzalez told his roommate that he had just shot Hernandez in the head, and then he fled the area, police said.
The roommate who found Hernandez and called police later told officers that he had seen Gonzalez on numerous occasions at the house with a green pistol, the report states.
The female roommate that lived with Hernandez and Gonzalez told police she had seen Gonzalez on numerous occasions in the house with a gun, and he would “routinely” stick it against Hernandez’s head while “playing around,” according to the report.
Police found a .45 caliber green pistol and a box of ammunition under a nearby shed.
On Monday, police combing through Gonzalez’s Facebook page found a photo of a green pistol and ammunition that appear to be the same ones located near the crime scene.
Hernandez’s daughters were with relatives when the shooting happened, her friends said.
Hernandez’s family members were horrified to see the pictures she had taken, not knowing they would be her last.
“They were disturbing to see (Gonzalez) holding a gun,” Hernandez’s uncle Rey Hernandez told KARK.
“I guess they were loaded. In her back — it is just mind-blowing. I don’t understand how anybody could do that.”
Now they’re left to explain to Hernandez’s little girls what happened.
“My nieces have been crying all night,” Hernandez’s sister Camryn Startz told KATV.
“I haven’t told my 3-year-old niece anything yet. She knows something is wrong because she wants her mom.”
One friend, Jaquinlan Davis, told KATV Hernandez’s boyfriend was “a bad influence” and the two had a rocky, on-and-off relationship.
Relatives said Hernandez had just moved into a new home weeks ago and was supposed to start a job Monday morning.
The suspect Rafael Gonzalez appeared in North Little Rock District Court on Tuesday and pleaded not guilty. He was given a $1 million bond.