Tyesha McNair's family speaks before her accused murderer's trial

James Brock (Source: Columbus Police Department)
James Brock (Source: Columbus Police Department)

By Taylor Barnhill  - bio | email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  James Brock, the man accused of shooting the mother of his two children and her friend, will go on trial for double murder Monday morning.

It was Tuesday morning, October 13th 2009 when shots rang out in the Crystal Place Apartments. Tyesha McNair, the 21-year-old mother of two, was with her friend, 21-year-old Terrence Clark when police say Tyesha's ex-boyfriend, James Brock, shot them both.

Terrence was found lying outside in the parking lot, while Tyesha was inside. At 4:30 a.m. the coroner pronounced both of them dead from multiple gunshot wounds.

Police questioned several witnesses in the case and eventually named James Brock the primary suspect in the double murder. Brock was taken in to custody and charged with murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

The families of Tyesha McNair and Terrence Clark have been waiting for James Brock's day in court since October 13th 2009. We sat down with Tyesha's family as they remember her and prepare to face Brock for the first time since Tyesha's murder.

"She didn't deserve it," cried Tyesha's sister LaShawn McNair.

Tyesha McNair's family was not prepared to say goodbye to the 21 year old so soon.

Her mother, LaTonya Boyd, told News Leader 9, "She was a very loving mother of two cute little girls. She was very much a family person. She believed in family."

Her strong urge to be closer to her loved ones is what made Tyesha pack up her car that October morning and get ready to move to Kansas to be with them.

"She was moving back here the day she was murdered. That morning she was supposed to be on her way back," said Boyd.

But that trip was cut short when police say her ex-boyfriend shot her and her friend Terrence Clark multiple times outside her Crystal Court Apartment.

Tyesha's family has to move on with just a stack of pictures and memories. LaShawn said what she'll remember most is, "Her bubbly personality. She was a party girl, I know that much."

Boyd added, "We've had to do a lot of things differently without her. We have her two little girls so explaining to them that their mom is in heaven is really hard."

Now the people who loved her most will sit in court as the man accused of killing her learns his fate. Tyesha's mother said, "He needs to be brought to justice because my daughter didn't deserve to die the way she did. She just wanted to be home with her family. She didn't deserve to die, period and neither did Mr. Clark."

In a sense, Tyesha McNair did make it home. She is buried in a cemetery not far from her mother's house, where her young daughters can visit her.

The man accused of taking her life, and the life of Terrence Clark, will begin his double murder trial. James Brock's brother Mitchell Brock,  who was a Columbus police officer, was also indicted on charges related to this case for attempting to influence a witness, but a judge has separated the two cases and only James Brock's murder trial will begin Monday.

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