This story is beyond tragic.
A 46-year-old woman was gunned down in her driveway outside Tacoma, WA, Monday morning, and police believe the killer to be her teenage daughter's ex-boyfriend.
Apparently, upon returning home that morning, Teresa Ryan was shot to death by 19-year-old Austin Nelson near her car, before he proceeded to break into her house and fatally shoot the family's dog.
But what makes this news even more heart-wrenching is that the mother was reportedly killed right in front of her 5-year-old daughter, who was still in the back seat of the vehicle.
Police believe Austin was upset at Teresa over her involvement with his recent breakup, and took to violent means as payback.
Austin pleaded not guilty to the murder in court on Tuesday, but the Pierce County Sheriff's Department is confident he is in fact the killer, and have even told him to stay away from his minor ex.
Our thoughts are with Teresa's daughters, as well as the rest of her friends and family at this difficult time.
Rest in peace, Teresa.
[Image via Kevin McCarty/KIRO 7 Eyewitness News.]