Crime

This Miami Gardens fatal shooting broke the city's trend, continues a national trend

Arthur Pharr
Arthur Pharr

Though Tuesday morning's Miami Gardens homicide fell outside the norm for the city's fatal shootings, it continued a broader trend of violence against women.

Unlike recent Miami Gardens homicides, which seem to result from beefs between young males, police say 39-year-old Tamesha Marshall-Pharr died by the gun of her husband, 54-year-old Arthur Pharr. A predawn argument ended when, police say, Pharr shot his wife of six years around 5:35 a.m. in their home in the 16000 block of Northwest 22nd Avenue.

According to the Violence Policy Center's analysis of 2015 homicide statistics, 2.5 women per day are murdered in the United States by someone who is or had been an intimate partner.

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Tamesha Marshall-Pharr in 2015 Facebook

In April, Marshall's family in her native Thomasville, Georgia, hosted a "Stop the Violence" free event for the community with food, drinks and bounce houses.

Pharr left the house after the shooting, but police said he was only a few blocks away when arrested. He's charged with second-degree murder, use of a firearm in committing a felony and possession of a firearm by a felon.

His convicted felon status comes from a 2002 bust on heroin trafficking charges that cost him two years, seven months of freedom.

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