via NY Post:
A Queens man found out in the worst way possible that his cousin had been killed — by receiving a text of a gory photo of her splayed out on the street.
Tanesha Ford, 26, a Far Rockaway mom studying to be a medical assistant, was reported missing to the NYPD Tuesday morning by her worried mother, with whom she lived, sources told The Post.
Investigators discovered that Ford secretly took a JetBlue flight to Jamaica on Saturday afternoon — landing in Montego Bay at around 4 p.m., police said.
By night’s end, Ford had been gunned down in Portmore, on the opposite end of the island.
Late Tuesday night, Ford’s cousin, Richard Moxam, 32, received the gruesome text from a distant Jamaican relative who had obtained the crime photo from police.
“I was home in Astoria. I was just like, ‘Holy sh-t!’ ” Moxam, who immediately recognized Ford in the photo, said Wednesday.
“We were going through so much looking for her. I thought maybe she was in an accident, was at the hospital and we’d find her. But no,” said Moxam, who showed the image to Ford’s mother, sisters and other relatives.
“I wanted to see it,” said Ford’s older sister Romaine Ford, 30. “I was like, ‘it’s not her,’ so I wanted to see it. As soon as I saw the shoes I didn’t look at anything else. I knew it was her. I went crazy.”
Jamaican authorities said Ford was shot three times in the stomach and once in the head. The motive was not immediately known.
Ford, who has a 4-year-old son named Alexander, was last seen by a co-worker Saturday morning at her job at a Williamsburg nursing home.
Her sister Shanae Ford, 20, communicated with her Saturday via the WhatsApp Messenger and asked her if she was working Sunday. Ford texted back “yes,” which was after she had landed in Jamaica.
Her family had no idea why Ford went to Jamaica. She was last there for her grandmother’s funeral in 2015.
“I’m in pain. Heartbroken. I miss her so much, ” said Tanesha’s mother, Faye Ford, 48.
There is a Go Fund Me set up for her son Alexander.
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