Just two days after her death, the man accused of shooting 17-year-old Tiffany Talley made an appearance in front of a judge. Friday afternoon, a Gulfport judge set 18-year-old Jonathan Barfield's bond at $1 million.
At that same time, across town, the Lady Admirals were up bright and early ready to hit the court for practice. The girls are still dealing with the reality that their team leader will never be back. Julicia Taylor says moving on will be especially hard for her.
"It just hit me hard when they called. And I didn't want to believe it because I love that girl like she was my sister," says Taylor.
Taylor says Barfield and Talley were dating. Taylor says she got a bad feeling from the start. Police also tell us there are indications he may have been abusive.
"I would tell her, 'Tiff, he sounds crazy... He sounds like he could harm you,'" says Taylor.
Doris Weaver, victim advocate with the Gulf Coast Women's Center for Nonviolence, says it is not uncommon to see domestic issues with younger couples.
"Our society tells them that they need to have a relationship. And they feel as though they must stay with this person. And then they will say, 'Oh, but I love him so much,' or, 'I love her so much,'" says Weaver.
Weaver says if women or men find themselves in this situation, they need to take a step back and re-evaluate their relationship.
There is help for people involved in abusive relationships. That number is 1-800-800-1396. It is a 24 hour hotline.
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