Mother of Fatal Shooting Victim Speaks to News 3

By: Alex Villarreal Email
By: Alex Villarreal Email

We have new information tonight about a 21 year old woman shot and killed on New Year's Day in College Station.

Whitney Paskey-Pullen's mother is now talking about what she believes happened when an ex-boyfriend says he accidentally shot Whitney.
News 3 has the exclusive interview, and why friends and neighbors say Whitney was fearful for her life.

Whitney's neighbor and family friend, Candi Curtis, said, "Had a bright smile and a good personality...just a beautiful young girl."

"She loved to wear her cowboy boots and little shorts...overall, she was a good person," said Kimberly Tyrone, a friend and co-worker of Whitney.

Whitney's mother, Holly Paskey said, "Her personality was very bubbly, very outgoing."

Whitney Paskey-Pullen was only 21 years old.
She was a friend, daughter and mother to two young children, 6 year old August and 3 year old America.

"August, that boy, he loved his mom," said Holly.

Everyone who knew her says she was always smiling...but now, it's a smile that will only live on in pictures.

"I wanna touch her, I wanna see her, I wanna feel the last bit of blood in her system," Holly said.

On New Year's Day, Kenneth Connor, Whitney's ex-boyfriend was charged with criminally negligent homicide for shooting and killing her.
Her boyfriend, Colin McHenry, was at the apartment on Cain Road in College Station when it happened.
Family friend and neighbor, Candi Curtis thought something was wrong after she sent Whitney a "Happy New Year" text message, but got no response.

Curtis said, "That was at 1:38p.m. and at 3:29p.m. I text her, are you okay honey?...and I got no response...and I knew."

The shooting happened around 2p.m. in the afternoon.
About a week earlier, McHenry was arrested for domestic violence and dragging Whitney by the neck inside her house on east 25th street in Bryan.

"I looked across the street and I seen him, had her by the throat and he was dragging her inside the house, and I seen her cowboy boots kicking and she was screaming for her life," added Curtis.

She called 911 and filed the police report.

Curtis added, "She said that she was afraid of him and she really believed he would kill her...He threatened to kill me as well."

Friends and family don't believe Whitney was shot on accident.

Curtis asked, "How is it that a week later, that he threatened to kill both of us, that she's sitting on a bed next to him and the other guy shoots her. How is that an accident?"

Holly recovered several unusual items from the scene of the shooting.

"This is a casing. We found it in the closet. There's a clip here with bullets still on it...and then there's another casing in here," Holly said.

Despite the additional clues and plenty of doubt about the shooting, friends and family want Whitney to be remembered in a positive light.

Tyrone said, "She was a good person, she was a sweet person, anybody could get along with her."

Holly added, "She was a good mom, she worked hard."

The viewing for Whitney Paskey is from 4p.m. to 8p.m. Friday night at Trevino-Smith Funeral Home in Bryan.
She did not have life insurance.
If you'd like to help her family cover expenses, a fund is set up at Prosperity Bank under the "Whitney Paskey Benefit Fund."

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