Mesa Family Devastated After Home Invasion Leads to Murder

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A Mesa family is grieving the loss of a beloved mother and grandmother murdered during a home invasion in rural Concho, Arizona.

A 14-year-old boy has been taken into custody in connection with the death of 54-year-old TerriLynne Collins, who was killed early Tuesday morning during her struggle with the teenage intruder.

According to the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office, the young suspect was identified as Joshua Cade Richardson, and he surrendered without incident to detectives with the Arizona Department of Public Safety on Wednesday evening in the Pinetop-Lakeside area.

Ernest Collins Jr., the victim’s distraught husband and an attorney in Mesa, told The Associated Press that his wife called him while she was staying at their home in Concho, about 160 miles northeast of Phoenix. She was on her way to check on the trailer on their property after she received a text for help from their 18-year-old daughter, who was staying in the trailer with her friend.

Despite his initial confusion after being woken up by the phone call, Collins realized the intruder his wife was confronting was armed with a gun. When he called 911, he was told officers were already dispatched, and it’s possible his wife had called for help before heading to the trailer.

“I heard my wife telling him, ‘you’re just a kid, you’re just a stupid kid and you’re going to ruin your life,'” Collins said.

Richardson had been enrolled as a seventh-grader in the Concho Elementary School District for 10 days before switching back to homeschooling two weeks ago.

The couple had planned to retire in the Concho area.


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