Police say that Xi-anna Graham was strangled by her boyfriend, 27-year-old Christopher Gene Scarboro. She was only 24 years old. Many on social media are describing Christopher's relationship with Xi-anna as a "side dude".
According authorities, Christopher is accused of grabbing the victim around the neck with his bare hands, choking her to death, and then throwing her lifeless body onto the ground.
Police said at least one of her four children was home while she was killed. He is also charged with cruelty to children-third degree. The warrant says the suspect knew a child that was present. The child described hearing the “loud commotion.”
"The kids were always playing outside," neighbor Keith Detwiller said.
He said he was used to seeing Graham's four children jumping on the trampoline.
Scarboro has a history of violent behavior according to 2018 court documents. During an incident on July 4, warrants state he struck a man in the face. On another occasion months earlier, on May 27, police were called after Scarboro allegedly headbutted another woman.
According to the Georgia Commission on Family Violence, 121 domestic violence -related deaths occurred in Georgia in 2016. They and the Marietta Police Department urge abuse victims, as well as anyone who knows of someone being abused, to contact 1-800-33-HAVEN for help.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline is another great resource. They are available “24/7/365” in English and Spanish via website chat, phone call or text at 800-799-7233.