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'I am scared for my life': Victim in Fla. murder case feared ex, records show

Tony Marrero, Tampa Bay Times on

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Editor’s note: This story is about a case of domestic violence. If you or someone you know needs help, the Florida Partnership to End Domestic Violence can be reached at 1-800-500-1119 or via TDD at 800-621-4202. Find additional resources at the end of this story.

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TAMPA, Fla. — A few weeks before Halloween, Tamika Lorde made a desperate plea for protection from her ex-boyfriend.

Lorde had tried to make her relationship with Trent Diggs work even after he was jailed for battering her, she wrote in a domestic violence petition filed in Hillsborough County on Oct. 12. But he didn’t change, continuing to physically and emotionally abuse her, Lorde wrote.

Now the 30-year-old mother of three wanted to move on, but Diggs wouldn’t leave her alone.

“I am scared that he is going to hurt or kill me,” she wrote.

 

A Tampa judge granted the petition, ordering Diggs to stay away from Lorde and her apartment. But that didn’t stop him from doing what Lorde feared, authorities say.

On Dec. 8 or 9, Diggs returned to Lorde’s Thonotosassa apartment and stabbed her to death, then stole her car and fled the state, prosecutors. Diggs was stopped in New Mexico and arrested on Dec. 11.

Last week, a grand jury indicted Diggs, 29, on a first-degree murder charge in Lorde’s death.

“My daughter had a very big heart and this dude had her so brainwashed,” said Lorde’s mother, Mattie Jordan LaPorte. “The same person she thought she was so deeply in love with, that’s the one who took her life.”

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