Boyfriend Sets Mother Of Six On Fire In Front Of Her Terrified Children. How Horrible.

Tue, March 8, 2011 11:08am EDT by 13 Comments

Tyrone Levoid Harts surrendered to the L.A. police department last night after he killed his former girlfriend in front of her young children on Feb. 22. The kids called him “dad.”

This is just disturbing. 39-year-old Tyrone Levoid Harts has been booked on a homicide charge and is being held on $1 million bail after admitting that he shot and then set his his ex-lover Brandi Marie Morales, 35, on fire on Feb. 22 in her Moreno Valley, California home. The terrible thing is, her six children, ranging from the ages of six to 15, watched him as he did it.

Four of Brandi’s youngest children doused the flames before police arrived and found her body on the staircase. “To think that he can murder my daughter,” an emotional Cindy Rael, the victim’s mother, tells ABC News, “and the kids all called him ‘Dad.’ They really liked him. It breaks my heart.”

According to the declaration, Tyrone and Brandi were said to be dating for at least three years before they separated and Tyrone moved out of her home. Family members say that he was sending Brandi odd text messages in the days leading up to her murder.

On the night of Brandi’s death, her 7-year-old son told police that Tyrone called him on the phone before he went to bed, which was a usual custom for the pair. But, Tyrone also convinced the boy to leave the sliding glass door open downstairs — the same one he entered before killing Brandi.

Tyrone confessed to killing Brandi in a telephone conversation with a friend, according to police. On the recording, he allegedly said he went to the home and assaulted Brandi, but was interrupted when her eldest son entered the room. So, he fired a shot to scare the boy off, then panicked and shot her. A pathologist determined she died from a wound to the abdomen.

“These six little children are left without a mother,” Cindy Rael says, “He deserves to burn in Hell. He’s a monster.”

–Leigh Blickley

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