A Houston man barged into his ex-girlfriend’s birthday bash on Christmas Eve and shot her to death, authorities said.
Albert Benjamin Simon, 52, is facing murder charges in connection with Carolee Dawn Taylor’s death at her home Tuesday night, the Houston Chronicle reported.
Simon showed up uninvited, pushed his way into the gathering and pulled the 46-year-old outside at gunpoint, according to Harris County Sheriff’s Office.
The ex-boyfriend allegedly shot Taylor multiple times on the porch, where she was pronounced dead, police said.
He then fled the scene in dark-colored 2019 black Jeep Grand Cherokee with the license plate VN0345, authorities said.
Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said Wednesday that a warrant was issued for his arrest and called for the public’s help to find him.
“I went to this scene last night and couldn’t help but think that her final moments were spent happy celebrating her birthday with friends,” the sheriff tweeted. “She wore holiday festive attire. Simon brutally gunned her down. We must find him ASAP. Domestic violence is a serious epidemic.”
Friends remembered Taylor on social media as a “beautiful, kind soul” and said she left behind a daughter.
“I’m still wrapping my head around this. Just heartbreaking,” Salvador Flores Gill wrote on Facebook. “Carolee Taylor was a friend of mine who was a beautiful kind soul.”
Three years ago, Taylor reminded friends on social media that “life is short.”
“It’s not just about living every day like it’s your last. I try to also remind myself that yesterday is gone, so live life in the moment and forgive those that need it most,” she wrote on Facebook. “I will certainly ‘remember what it taught me’ though. Surround yourself with people who deserve to be a part of your life and give more than you receive.”
Simon has a rap sheet that includes a stalking case from the mid-1990s, the Chronicle reported. He also was busted last year in a drunk-driving case that was dismissed upon the completion of an intervention program.
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