May 13, 202312:29 PM ET
A screenshot taken from Google Street View shows the gas station parking lot in Dallas where Gabriella Gonzalez was fatally shot the morning after she’d gotten an abortion in Colorado.
Google Street View/Screenshot by NPR
A man fatally shot his girlfriend in Dallas on Wednesday because he was upset she’d gotten an abortion, court records allege.
Harold Thompson, age 22, is facing murder charges in connection with the death of 26-year-old Gabriella Gonzalez.
The pair were in a “dating relationship,” according to an arrest affidavit, and were seen walking together in a gas station parking lot the morning after Gonzalez had traveled to Colorado to get an abortion.
Texas has outlawed abortion in nearly every stage of pregnancy since the overturning of Roe v. Wade in June 2022. Colorado abortion law is among the country’s most permissive, allowing for legal abortions at nearly every stage of pregnancy, without waiting periods.
A police investigator wrote that Thompson was believed to be the father of Gonzalez’s child, and that he did not want her to end her pregnancy.
Video surveillance shows that Thompson put Gonzalez in a “choke hold” as they were talking, police say, but she “shrugs him off.”
Thompson then pulled out a firearm and shot Gonzalez several more times before fleeing. Police declared Gonzalez dead at the scene.
Thompson is being held in a Dallas County jail. Court records show he will be represented by state-appointed counsel but did not list the name or contact information of his attorney.
A separate arrest warrant for Thompson, issued in March, was still active at the time of the shooting, court records show. The March affidavit does not name Gonzalez as the complainant, but the May affidavit describes her as “the victim” in the incident reported then.
The March affidavit states that Thompson had beat the victim, a woman pregnant with his child, several times throughout their relationship, including trying to strangle her and leaving her with a black eye.
The victim claimed that Thompson had “violently attacked her and left her bruised up” and remained “very fearful of the suspect,” police wrote.
“She is scared of the suspect because he had made threats to harm her family and her children,” the warrant states. “She has kids from a different relationship, and suspect is very jealous of the complainant’s ex-boyfriend.”
Court records show Gonzalez’s sister, Mileny Rubio, was a witness to the shooting.
“He was so angry that she wanted to get away from him,” she told local news outlet local news outlet KXAS. She added later, “I knew she wasn’t OK but we couldn’t get help, we didn’t know how.”
Gonzalez had just ended a tumultuous, four-month relationship with Thompson when the shooting occurred, her family said.
5 thoughts on “A Texas woman was killed by her boyfriend after getting an abortion, police say”
Well, we can wait and see what the results of his court appearances on this and the previous warrant will be. I don’t have much hope for justice since he was allowed to move about freely even with a battery warrant out on him. Now he’s killed her, which of course would never occur to anyone in law enforcement or criminal justice; certainly he’s the first batterer to ever have done so /s/.
sigh And some cis women bag about trans women while they overlook battery and murder continuing to happen to any/all women, for generations now. Wish we could get a few priorities reset!
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Hello Ali. Thank you. What a horrible situation. I hope what I say next comes out the way I want it to, with the admiration for what women go through and how tough they really are.
They call women the weaker sex. I think that is so very wrong. I think women are the stronger sex. Women have a much higher chance of being raped, to have domestic violence, to suffer date violence, to suffer from even being out in bars and nightclubs, they suffer more violence in the military. Yet women keep going, they keep living in a society that has let them down and in most ways betrayed them. Women deserve men to do much better. Women deserve to be treated as the equals they are. Men need to become the people they claim they are, and do better by women. Hugs
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IMO, one of the big advantages women have over men is their self-confidence. Men are (generally speaking) … wimps. They strut around like they’re the king of the jungle, but when push comes to shove? They cave.
Men have the physical power, no doubt. But many (most?) simply don’t have the ability to see beyond their own personal physical aperture. And the smaller it is, the bigger their need to project power and influence.
I’m sorry if this offends your male audience, Scottie, but if they’re brutally honest with themselves, they’ll know I speak the truth.
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Hello Nan. Well said. And if it offends them, then they really needed to hear what you said. Hugs
I have to correct myself, though … the word I should have used is appendage — not aperture (that’s what women have!).