Mesa man relives hearing wife killed over phone

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A Valley man is grieving after helplessly listening to the moments leading up to his wife's death.

Ernest Collins, Jr. says his wife, 54-year-old Terrilynne, called him shortly after midnight Tuesday before entering a trailer on the couple's northern Arizona property. Collins was at their east Valley home. She was at their get-away and soon-to-be retirement home in Concho, a rural community in Apache County.

Collins heard her yell at someone.

"She tells him he needs to back the [expletive] off or she’s going to shoot him," he said.

The suspected killer is a 14-year-old boy. 

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“I could hear my wife lecturing this kid, she was saying 'you’re just a kid, you’re a stupid kid. You’re going to ruin your life. You don’t need to do this. You need to step back.'”

"I was shocked that it was someone that young, but I was not shocked that’s why my wife didn’t shoot him," he added.

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The Arizona Department of Public safety isn't saying how Terrilynne died or if the suspect had any weapons.  

Terrilynne leaves behind a husband, six children, and two grandchildren.

"She was just incredible," said Collins, who called her a hero. "She was the first one to lend a hand, the first one to help. She mothered everyone."

"Everyone’s an emotional wreck," he said. "We miss her so much already."

The family has set up a GoFundMe account to help pay for funeral expenses.

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