She couldn’t get away.
Tiana Stokley, 20, broke up with her abusive boyfriend about six months ago, but he kept coming back, family members said Saturday.
William Lynch violated an order of protection Monday by coming to her home and beating her.
But cops couldn’t find him fast enough. Lynch, 37, shot Stokley to death at her office in Bohemia, L.I., Friday, wounded her co-worker and then turned the gun on himself.
Stokley split up with Lynch at the end of last year, a relative said. She moved back into her mom’s Mastic home with the couple’s 2-year-old daughter, Lynasia, and enrolled in classes at Suffolk Community College. But Lynch refused to accept the relationship was over and months of threats reached a crescendo Monday when he fought his way into Stokley’s home and assaulted her, violating a restraining order, a relative said.
“She was afraid of him, he was threatening her all the time,” said Stokley’s cousin, Cynthia Miles. “He just wasn’t ready to stay away.”
Relatives of Stokley’s supervisor, Gary Destefano, who took several slugs in the chest while trying to protect her, huddled outside his Smithtown home Saturday. Destefano, a supervisor at the Aflac Insurance office where the shooting took place, was in serious condition yesterday at Stony Brook University Medical Center.
“He’s doing well,” a relative said. “We just ask for your prayers.”