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Tovoyia Owens, Pregnant Mom, Beaten to Death Outside Philly Courthouse

By Pete Kotz in assault, homicide
Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 11:22 am
Tovoyia Owens had gone to traffic court in Philadelphia to retrieve her car that had been impounded. She was a criminal justice student at Cheney University, a part-time pharmcy worker, the mother of a 3-year-old and four months pregnant with another on the way...

Tovoyia Owens was a criminal justice student, the mother of a 3-year-old daughter, and four months pregnant when when she was beaten to death
She'd gone to the courthouse with her boyfriend, but that's where they ran into 28-year-old Walter Williams (pictured top). It seems Williams had a long-standing beef with Tovoyia's brother for reasons unclear. So Williams decided to take the beef out on his enemy's pregnant sister.

Tovoyia and her boyfriend were attacked by Williams and his brother, 29-year-old Robert Canada. By the time police arrived, the two men had savagely beaten her. Tovoyia would die from blunt force trauma to the neck within the hour.

The 21-year-old mom left behind a 3-year-old daughter.

Williams has been charged with murder. Canada has been charged with assault.

See our last story from the Homicide file:
Michael Anderson Shoots, Hatchets Adopted Father Stephen Starr to Death.

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