Brittany Rhea Phillips, 26, was fatally mowed down by a car on Saturday evening
The Mississippi glamour model and mother-of-two, was killed by her policeman ex-boyfriend following domestic fight
Her ex-partner James Heath Kitchens, 30, has been charged with manslaughter
Kitchens who previously worked as a police officer for the city of Tupelo was released after posting a $25,000 bond
A glamour model mother-of-two has died after allegedly being mowed down by her one-time boyfriend, in Starkville, Mississippi.
Police officer James Heath Kitchens, 30, has been charged with manslaughter after allegedly deliberately striking his ex partner and the mother of his son, Brittany Rhea Phillips, 26, with his car.
The fatal incident happened on Riviera Road in Oktibbeha County at around 8pm on Saturday. Phillips from Starkville was rushed to OCH Regional Medical Center but paramedics were unable to save her and she was pronounced dead early on Sunday morning.
Social media posts indicate that Kitchens was the father of victim’s youngest child. A ‘domestic incident’ reportedly, had taken place prior to the attack, according to a report by local TV station WCBI.
Kitchens was arrested and charged with manslaughter.
He was released after posting a $25,000 bond, the Magnolia State Live reported.
It is understood Kitchens worked as a police officer for the city of Tupelo in Lee County, for just over a year until May 2020.
Phillips worked as a glamour model and the owner of two businesses; the online boutique Couturhea and a shop called Beauty Perfected.
Phillips’ GoFundMe page remembers her as a ‘beautiful soul inside and out.’
‘She left behind her two children, Carley age 7 and Kaleb who was only 10 months old. She knew how to bring a smile to everyone’s face.
‘She was robbed of life too soon and her family would appreciate your support during this traumatic time,’ the post reads. The fundraiser so far has raised $6,990 of the $50,000 goal
‘Even if you haven’t met Brittany, or you know her from her modeling career you can see how loving and kind of a person she was…’
‘Brittany was an amazing mother, her children were her world.’
The page has so far raised $6,885 to help with funeral costs.
Phillips’ close friend Angel Boatright mourned her death. She told WCBI: ‘Brittany was the kind of person that once you had just one conversation with her and you realized she just wasn’t all looks. And superficial.
‘She had so many of her own opinions. She would do anything to improve anybody’s situation or anything they were going through.’
Boatright described her friend’s ex partner as ‘abusive’.
‘That was the mother of his child that he ran over,’ she said.
‘He’d been abusive. There are so many people that know what she’s been going through for a long time and we just want justice for her and her babies because he took their mother from them.’
A photographer for Belmont Images Magazine claimed on the site’s Facebook page that Phillips had been ‘taken from us in a domestic violence incident’.
‘She leaves behind a lot of fond memories of countless photoshoots over the years along with two young children,’ he wrote.
‘I met her back in 2011 when she was as skinny little 16 year old from Starkville.
‘We could tell then just how good of a model she was going to be. She ultimately traveled the world doing what she loved to do.
‘She will be missed.’