Friends Remember Mother Murdered in Midland

Monica Beasley
Monica Beasley

By Sarah Snyder
NewsWest 9

26-year-old Monica Beasley was visiting her family on Michigan Avenue when her mother found her bleeding on the living room floor. 

After calling paramedics, they realized she had been shot. 

30-year-old Benjamin Franklin, her former boyfriend, is now behind bars. 

Police found him several hours later asleep in his car at a Motel 6 in Odessa. 

Monica Beasley leaves behind a 4-year-old, and 2-year-old, and a 2 week old baby. 

NewsWest 9 spoke with her pastor and neighbors who share their memories.

"I'm just devastated by what has happened," Rev. J.W.T. Spies, Friend and Pastor of Goodwill Missionary Baptist Church, said.

When paramedics arrived at the home on Michigan Avenue, they discovered she had been shot, and family and friends quickly arrived at the scene.

"To think about the babies as I was driving over there to think, this was a big hoax," Rev. Spies said.  "This has got to be a joke, but to get there and find out that it's true, I was dazed. I was just totally distraught. I was in awe because I just couldn't believe someone I just got through counseling has now expired."

And now, the three young children are without their mom.

"I felt, just empty on the inside," Rev. Spies said. "Because Demante just Sunday was hollering and jumping in my arms and saying, 'Pastor, give me candy!' and Monica was holding her other little baby. Her other daughter was running around and just having a good time as they usually do."

The Godfather of her children said Monica was an exceptional mother.

"Monica was just hilarious," Rev. Spies said. "She played with the kids just like she was 10 or 12 years old herself. I had to say, Monica, you're a grown person! You can't play with those children!"

Police believe 30-year-old Benjamin Franklin, who was Monica's boyfriend and the father of her youngest, killed her. Friends tell us, it was over a custody battle. Franklin had visited Goodwill Baptist Church with Monica several times.

"Very quiet young man," Rev. Spies said. "I would have never dreamed that this would take place."

And Pastor Spies has a message for him.

"We want to be praying for him," Pastor Spies said. "We love you, we love you with the love of the Lord and we want to continue to keep you in prayer."

And neighbors say, this murder has prompted them to move.

"Getting out of this neighborhood," Jack Quain, said. "It looks all fine and dandy, but its just gotten worse. We've never had anything like this happen."

"She was very attentive to her children," Samantha Buchanon said. "We never had any sort of problem with them at all. It would be the last house I would think of something happening."

A trust fund has been set up to help the Beasley family.

It's at First Convenience Bank under Monica Beasley's name.