"It Was Just Like Someone...Ripped Your Heart Out"

By: Brittany Gunter Email
By: Brittany Gunter Email

The parents of an Omaha murder victim spoke publicly Saturday for the first time about what happened to their daughter last weekend.

Sharon Amero never met Anthony Burries, but said her daughter was afraid of him. "I think I'm still in shock. It pretty much blew our life apart. It was just like someone...ripped your heart out."

Sharon got the call last Sunday that her daughter, 38-year-old Tina Hoult, had been found dead in her Warren House apartment near South 98th Street and Mockingbird Drive. Tina’s on-again, off-again boyfriend, 42-year-old Anthony Burries, has been charged with first-degree murder.

The family says the violent relationship had been going on for over a decade. “She was constantly afraid of this man, so much so she used to send people to her apartment before she went up there to make sure there was nobody around so she could go home in peace," said stepfather Michael Amero.

Anthony Burries

They are just thankful Burries is behind bars. “I don't have to worry that he's out there and that he can hurt anybody else," said Sharon.

They have a message for any family dealing with a similar situation. “What I kept trying to tell her, get away from the person, seek help, domestic violence hotlines, whatever you can do to protect your loved one," said Sharon.

Burries was arrested in Odessa, Missouri Monday night and is being held in Omaha without bond. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 27th.

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