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Chilling snapchats show young mum with gun pressed to her head hours before she was shot dead

David Kearns

Published 30/09/2015 | 17:15

Stephanie Hernandez with boyfriend Rafael Gonzalez Credit: North Little Rock Police
Stephanie Hernandez with boyfriend Rafael Gonzalez Credit: North Little Rock Police

A disturbing series of Snapchat selfies were posted by a young mum just a few hours before she was found shot dead.

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Stephanie Hernandez (21) was pictured posing with her boyfriend Rafael Gonzalez (20) as he points a gun at her head.

The young mother-of-two was found dead in her ransacked home in North Little Rock in Arkansas.

Her boyfriend was later arrested and charged on suspicion of murdering her.

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Roommates said Rafael Gonzalez would often point his gun at Ms Hernandez Credit: North Little Rock Police
Roommates said Rafael Gonzalez would often point his gun at Ms Hernandez Credit: North Little Rock Police

One of the selfies contains the caption 'Strap chat?' - referring to a slang term for carrying a gun.

The young mother’s daughters, who are aged three and eight months old, were staying with relatives when she died.

Stephanie Hernandez with boyfriend Rafael Gonzalez Credit: North Little Rock Police
Stephanie Hernandez with boyfriend Rafael Gonzalez Credit: North Little Rock Police

According to police, a friend claimed Mr Gonzales “accidentally shot” his girlfriend and that he “routinely plays around with a pistol”. 

The evening before police were called, the male roommate who found Ms Hernandez ran into the 20-year-old murder suspect and found him crying.

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Rafael Gonzalez Credit: North Little Rock Police
Rafael Gonzalez Credit: North Little Rock Police

Mr Gonzalez is alleged to have told his roommate that he had just shot Ms Hernandez in the head.

The female roommate that also lived with the couple told police she had seen Mr Gonzalez on numerous occasions in the house with a gun, and he would "routinely" stick it against his girlfriend’s head while "playing around”.

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A photo of a gun from Mr Gonzalez's Facebook match the one found at the scene Credit: North Little Rock Police
A photo of a gun from Mr Gonzalez's Facebook match the one found at the scene Credit: North Little Rock Police

Police found a .45 calibre green pistol and a box of ammunition under a nearby shed.

On Monday, while combing through Mr Gonzalez's Facebook page, they reportedly found a photo of a green pistol and ammunition that appear to be the same ones located near the crime scene.

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