“Daddy, daddy, what are you doing?” Those were the last heart-breaking words a mother heard over the phone before her daughter was shot to death, according to details given by a close family friend to local media.
11-year-old Tasha was shot by her biological father, John Jonas (49), who then turned the gun on himself, said the Kentucky State Police.
May 16 th, 2015
A neighbour discovered their bodies outside their Vine Grove home, near Fort Knox where John Jonas served as an Army Lt. Col.
Karina had been in a ruthless custody battle with John Jonas for the past two years prior to the terrible tragedy that claimed her daughter’s life. Despite her attempts to convince the court that her ex-husband was violent and unstable, the court ruled that the child should live with the father, who relocated with Tasha to Kentucky.
A friend of Tasha’s mom,TanjaManojlovic, who has known them for ten years, said Karina was fighting to get her daughter back.
“This definitely could have been prevented,” Manojlovic told local media. “Besides a tremendous amount of grief, there’s an overwhelming amount of anger,” Manojlovic said.
She believes this all happened because of the custody battle. Manojlovic said Karina had been fighting to get Tasha back since Tasha moved to Kentucky with her dad two years ago.
“Karina was fighting to convince the lawyers, the judges, the school, the social services,” she said.
Still according to Manojlovic, a hearing was scheduled for August where Tasha would choose which parent she wanted to live with.
“When it’s all said and done, we all look back and feel like we’ve all betrayed her at some level,” she says. “The system has betrayed her.”
Police have not confirmed the motive for the murder and they’re still awaiting the autopsy results. However, friends said that they believe the custody battle had something to do with it
“It hits home,” says Rachel Given, who worked with Karina. “Somebody personal, somebody you’ve known for eight years, watching her grow up and then [there’s] nothing. She won’t grow up.”
Tasha was expected to complete fifth grade this month. “She was very, very well-known. She was a kid that everybody enjoyed being around,” said Hardin County Schools spokesman, John Wright. “She was full of laughter and vigour and just was an enjoyable student. Everybody really, really had a soft spot for her.”
Family friends have set up a gofundme page to raise money needed to bring Tasha’s body back home to Virginia.
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