Police: Louisville woman shot in back of head by ‘friend’

Tyyatta Thomas was shot and killed by a man who wanted to be more than friends

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - Police say a woman who was shot in the back of the head Sunday morning was killed by a man who wanted to be more than friends.

Tyyatta Thomas was shot and killed by a man who wanted to be more than friends, police said. (Source: Lukisha Thomas)
Tyyatta Thomas was shot and killed by a man who wanted to be more than friends, police said. (Source: Lukisha Thomas)

"She liked to dance, she liked to sing,” Tyyatta Thomas’ mother, Lukisha Thomas, said.

Tyyatta, 23, was known for lighting up a room with her presence and voice.

"She was so humble anybody in the world could tell you,” Lukisha Thomas said.

She said she noticed her daughter’s personality change about two months into her friendship with 27-year-old Jose Rodriguez, the man arrested for her murder.

“These all are signs,” Thomas said. “Name calling, the distance, no calls (for) days, weeks at a time.”

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Tyyatta started to speak up, sharing with family that she was cutting off all contact with Rodriguez.

"He was talking about how he would beat a woman to death,” Lukisha Thomas said.

In the hours leading up to her death, Tyyatta told people close to her she was terrified of Rodriguez and thought he would physically hurt her. But her mother said that information was never passed along to her.

"(Someone) said, ‘I was going to tell you today,’ and I said, ‘Today is a day too late,'” Lukisha Thomas said.

Lukisha Thomas says her daughter had the kindest soul. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Lukisha Thomas says her daughter had the kindest soul. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

Police said Rodriguez shot and killed Tyyatta at his apartment on Rowena Road after he persuaded her to come over. He called friends and talked to them about what he did, waiting an hour to call police, investigators said.

He did stay at the scene and was arrested.

"All because he couldn’t have her. That’s all that it boils to -- he couldn’t have her,” Lukisha Thomas said. “Now my baby’s gone because of all the secrets.”

Rodriguez was arraigned on a murder charge Monday morning. He’s being held on a $1 million cash bond.

Thomas’ family has set up a GoFundMe account to pay for funeral expenses.

Lukisha Thomas said her daughter had the kindest soul and helped everyone.

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