32-year-old Ericka Hall was a young mom at just 18-years-old when she gave birth to her first daughter, Amariyona. Amariyona is now 14.
Ericka then had her second daughter shortly after, who is now 12, and who remains nameless in all reports due to her age.
Ericka lived with her daughters in a mobile home in the small town of Magnolia, Mississippi.
Facebook; pictured above are Ericka and three of her daughters
Ericka’s two other daughters who are ages 16 and 1 also lived in the mobile home.
Ericka also had a young son who lived with her as well.
Facebook; pictured above is Amariyona
Magnolia is a quiet rural town dotted with churches and pastures full of grazing cows.
The people who live there take pride in decorating their homes for Mardi Gras in purple, gold and green.
What Ericka’s daughters did to her has turned this tiny town upside down and things will never be the same.
Ericka worked very hard to support her 5 children.
She was a single mom who did everything all on her own.
Facebook; pictured above Ericka and three of her daughters during their younger years
She worked pretty much every night trying to support her family at a local chicken processing plant called Sanderson Farms Chicken.
While times were tough for Erica’s family, it would be nothing compared to what was to come.
Ericka’s 12-year-old and 14-year-old daughter, Amariyona, constantly gave this single mom a hard time.
Facebook; pictured above is Ericka’s 12-year-old daughter
Ericka desperately tried to get her two troubled girls help, as any good mom would.
She was in over her head with them and their behavior.
Ericka’s family members were well aware that she was struggling to get her daughters help and keep them under control.
Facebook; pictured above is Ericka, her son, and her fiancè Josh (who was notably absent during her murder)
“They were like children having problems,” Ericka’s aunt, Robin Coney, said to The Associated Press.
Facebook; pictured above is Amariyona posing outside of a friend’s house
“She was trying to get them help and stuff, and was going to send them off because they didn’t go to school.” Robin went on to say about Ericka’s plans.
Ericka would never get to put her plans into action, because her life was cut short.
It was clear that Ericka’s daughters had behavioral issues, but neither her 16-year-old nor her 1-year-old ever exhibited the violent outbursts that her 12-year-old and 14-year-old did.
Just days before Ericka was murdered, she called 911.
Facebook; pictured above is Ericka and her one-year-old daughter
Pike County sent deputies out to Ericka’s mobile home to investigate the situation.
Apparently Ericka had called them to report a fight she was having with her 12-year-old and 14-year-old daughters.
Facebook; pictured above is Ericka’s youngest daughter
The girls tried to run Ericka over with her own car.
Ericka didn’t have the heart to press charges against them though.
“With something like that, she should have made charges and had them arrested then,” Sheriff Kenny Cotton said to The Enterprise Journal.
“I can’t imagine what’s going on inside their minds to process that. A mom is a mom no matter what.”
In response to her daughters trying to run her over, Ericka took away their cell phones.
Imagine being in that situation.
Facebook; Ericka is pictured above with some of her children and Josh
It must have been tough for Ericka to decide how to punish them for what they tried to do to her.
It must have been tough for her to even deal with the fact that her own children tried to kill her, over nothing. Over trying to parent them and be a good mom.
Facebook; Ericka is pictured above with two of her daughters
As the week continued on, things continued to get worse between Ericka and two problem daughters.
On Friday night an argument erupted between Ericka and her daughters, inside of their mobile home.
It was just the three of them home during the time of the argument.
Facebook; one of Ericka’s daughters is pictured above
The topic of the argument between the three is still unknown.
What we do know is how Ericka died and who did this to her.
Facebook; Ericka is pictured above holding a drink in her hand
“This is probably one of the worse ones I’ve worked,” Chris Bell, the Pike County Chief Investigator, said to WLBT-TV about his investigation into Ericka’s murder.
“This was our second response out there.
We did go out there days earlier with an incident involving the mom, and I believe the 14-year-old.
Deputies talked with the mom.
Mom, at the time, she did not want to file any charges against the 14-year-old.”
Facebook; two of Ericka’s daughters are pictured above next to one another
Chris continued with, “We have got to get a better handle on this when stuff like this happens.
We’ve got to report it through the youth court so we can get a proceeding done.
So we can try to see what’s going on with these kids.
Facebook; pictured above is Ericka in her home
No one ever wants to hear about kids taking their mother’s life. It’s just a tragedy to happen.”
During the argument between Ericka and her two troubled daughters, things turned from verbal to physical within the blink of an eye.
Before Ericka had time to defend herself, her daughters stabbed her in the back with a knife.
The violence didn’t end there though.
After one of the girls stabbed their mother, the other shot her in the chest.
Facebook; Ericka snaps a selfie in the above photo in front of a car
Unfortunately for Ericka, neither of these injuries killed her instantly and instead she suffered a very painful death.
Facebook; Ericka is pictured above next to a friend while out getting something to eat
Once the girls had attacked their mother, they fled the house – leaving her for dead.
The girls then went next door to their neighbor, Jeremy Lenoir.
They tapped on his window and asked if he could give the two of them a ride somewhere.
Jeremy’s mom was also home with him and thought the request was very strange.
Facebook; Ericka snaps a selfie along with her family members while out to eat
She had looked outside to see Ericka’s Nissan Altima sitting outside her home with the lights on and that is when she decided to come outside.
Facebook; Ericka holds a big stuffed bear in the above photo
She found it odd that the girls were asking for a ride when Ericka’s car was running outside, so she decided to call Ericka.
Facebook; pictured above is Ericka during one of her baby showers
She fully intended to get to the bottom of everything.
Facebook; pictured above is Ericka and Josh
Ericka didn’t pick up her phone though….
So Jeremy’s mom started calling up her relatives who lived close by.
Unable to get a hold of anyone, they took action.
Jeremy and his mom then decided to quickly head down the street to where Ericka’s dad and sister lived to let them know something had to be wrong.
Facebook; pictured above is Ericka out getting a bite to eat
Once Jeremy and his mom arrived at Ericka’s family’s house, they were able to get them to drive down to Ericka’s house to check out what was going on.
Facebook; pictured above is Amariyona
What they found when they arrived at Ericka’s mobile home was just a completely shocking scene.
Facebook; pictured above is another shot of Amariyona in what is believed to be a school gym
Ericka was laying on her front lawn and it was a heartbreaking sight for her family and friends to have to witness.
Facebook; pictured above is Amariyona outside of a friend’s house
Her neighbors and family members could tell she had fought back and fought hard for her life.
Both of her fists were clenched into balls at her side.
Her eyes were wide open and staring ahead.
There was a knife sticking out of her back.
Facebook; pictured above is Amariyona showing off her new hairstyle
She sadly was no longer alive. It was too late for her friends and family to help her.
Facebook; pictured above is Amariyona taking a selfie in her home
Investigators now think that Ericka stumbled out of her mobile home after she was attacked, trying to get help.
Facebook; pictured above is Amariyona showcasing her new hairstyle yet again
When Ericka’s aunt, Robin arrived on the scene, she found the girls there.
Facebook; Ericka is pictured above next to one of her friends
Jeremy told The Associated Press that Ericka’s daughters were not acting right at all.
“They seemed weird. The girls, they came over here straight-faced, like nothing had ever happened,” Jeremy said.
Robin confronted them and asked what had happened to their mom.
Both girls denied any involvement. They said they had no idea.
Facebook; Ericka is pictured above holding her youngest child
“The girls, when I drove up, they were like ‘Tee Tee we didn’t do this,’” Robin spoke to WLBT about their behavior.
Facebook; Ericka smiles big in the photo above
“And I was like ‘OK, if y’all didn’t do it, where were y’all when the people that was doing it did it?’”
Facebook; Ericka smiles next to Josh in the above photo
Robin added that she thought Ericka was headed for her car for this reason, which explains why she left her house.
Facebook; Ericka is pictured above with some of her children
“It was her gun. It was in her car. So they had got it out.
So I guess when they were doing all that to her, she was probably trying to get to her gun to fight for her life.”
As authorities arrived at the scene Jeremy also recalls the strange behavior of Erica’s 14-year-old daughter Amariyona.
She left the scene and told Jeremy that she had to get out of there and go smoke.
Facebook; Ericka is pictured above eating chips at a restaurant
Jeremy, of course, thought this was extremely strange behavior for a girl whose mother had just tragically died.
Facebook; Ericka snaps a selfie with her children and family members while riding on a golf cart
Both of Ericka’s girls were arrested and charged with murder.
Pike County Sheriff; pictured above is Amariyona’s mugshot
Amariyona will be tried as an adult and is being held on $150,000 bail; while her 12-year-old sister will be tried as a juvenile. The law in Mississippi states that children who are 13-years-old and over can be tried as adults for certain crimes they commit. Murder is one of those crimes.
Facebook; Ericka is pictured above next to some of her friends
Sheriff Cotton told the Enterprise Journal that mental evaluations are pending for both girls.
He also shared that this case is a difficult one for him to wrap his head around, and he “can’t imagine what’s going on inside their inside their minds to process that.”
Pike County Sheriff’s Chief Investigator Chris Bell said that Ericka’s daughters planned out her murder, and when they were unsuccessful at running her over with her own car, they decided on another plan.
Ericka;s 14-year-old stabbed her, then her 12-year-old shot her. Her 14-year-old then stabbed Ericka a second time.
Twitter; pictured above is the scene outside Ericka’s mobile home where she tragically passed away
Both girls have insisted they are innocent and are planning to plead not guilty.
Facebook; Ericka’s youngest daughter is pictured above smiling
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