Tyre Nichols’ recent death has left people across the globe in utter shock. The 29-year-old black man was brutally beaten up by police officers at a traffic stop in Memphis, Tennessee. His death has given space for internet rumors that paint a sordid and unproven story. Many people are asking the question: “Was Tyre’s girlfriend the ex-wife of the cop who beat him to death?” Read on to explore more about these rumors.
Who Was Tyre Nichols’ Girlfriend?
Tyre Nichols, who succumbed to death, after being brutally beaten up by two Memphis cops, was stopped on the suspicion of reckless driving on January 7, 2023. Tyre’s death has created agony across the world and has freshened the wounds of George Floyd’s death.
Five officers—Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, Desmond Mills Jr. and Justin Smith— are presently in custody and are charged with the murder of the 27-year-old black man. They also face other charges like “aggravated assault, aggravated kidnapping, official misconduct and official oppression”.
After his demise, a sordid and unproven story is circulating on the internet that Tyre’s girlfriend was the ex-wife of one of the cops who beat him to death. It has come out that Nichols and this girl worked together at FedEx. The girl’s name is Katie and she apparently has a secret son with Nichols. More details haven’t come into the picture yet.
What’s Katie’s Relationship With The Cop?
Various claims suggest that Nichols’ girlfriend was the former girlfriend/wife of Haley, an officer who allegedly beat him and took images of Tyre and sent them to his ex-partner as a warning. Several people have come forward to claim that it’s a classic case of revenge and jealousy.
Sir Maejor, an actor and model, tweeted on Monday: “I am being told that Tyre Nichols was in a relationship with and worked at a Memphis FedEx with Memphis Police Demetrius Halys’s ex-girlfriend & baby mama. After the beating Officer Halys took pictures of Tyre Nichols’ face and sent them to his baby mama.” However, please note that these assertions are merely speculations and nothing is proven yet.
— Sir Maejor (@sirmaejor) January 30, 2023
Another person, Lisa Campbell, a Washington D.C.-based “life advisor”, tweeted that the alleged beating was personal and Nichols was sleeping with Haley’s wife. However, Nichols’ parents have claimed that these are just rumors and that none of this is true.
The same was conveyed by John Best, general manager of school radio and TV for Memphis-Shelby County Schools, who said he met his parents, RowVaughn and Rodney Wells, and asked them if they had a message “they wanted me to send to the community”. He added that Rodney told him in a firm tone to “please squash that rumour that is not true.” As for now, there is no credible source to support the story.
In a follow-up Facebook post, John Best added: “We can’t bring our brother back. Whatever comes out, comes out, his pops asked me to do something and I did it.” As for Tyre’s death, no suspected motivation has been given by the police. A separate investigation by the Memphis Police Department, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Justice, and the FBI is ongoing. This story is developing.