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Video: Roy Hanthorn slays fellow Colorado fugitive Rhiannon VanTassell, kills himself

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Big photos, video below.
Rhiannon VanTassell's mom recently shared a Facebook plea in which she asked her Colorado Springs-based daughter to return home rather than remain on the run with Roy Hanthorn, a fugitive she'd allegedly chosen over her own child.

A subsequent post suggested a happy ending might be in the offing. But unfortunately, things didn't work out that way. Yesterday, Hanthorn allegedly ended a police chase in Tulsa, Oklahoma by killing VanTassell and then himself. See photos, video and details below.

There are plenty of self-portraits on VanTassell's Facebook page, including one featuring a smile:

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For the most part, though, VanTassell, nicknamed RaeRae, favored grim-faced expressions like this one....

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...even when posing with a grinning Hanthorn in what remains her profile pic:

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The relationship was clearly of concern to VanTassell's mother, who posted the following message on February 17:
Hi this is Rhiannon's (RaeRae) mom, I got on her Facebook hoping, maybe u can help us out, her family. She is on the run, if we can locate her by this week, she won't be in trouble, the person she went with IS in trouble, that is why she is on the run, to be with him! Choosing him over her daughter who wants to see her and had a very special valentine gift for her. Her daughter threw her pics away of her and mom. She is so very hurt. We want to see her do good and get off papers. But now she might go back to prison. If your a friend and want to see her get thru this tell her to call her family and maybe being her friend you will help her get back.
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Another somber Facebook shot of Rhiannon VanTassell.
Two days later, VanTassell's mom posted again, this time with what appeared to be better news:
Update: This is Rhiannons mom again, she saw her facebook and called me really mad that I wrote all that, so after a few phonecalls from her being upset, she finally calmed down and her and her boyfriend are going to get a hold of their po and see what they can do to get help and get back on track. I wish them both luck and hope they do it this time and get all this behind them. Thank you all for all the words you gave her, please be there for her when she goes back again and maybe we can get her thru all of this finally.
That wasn't to be the case. By the end of March, both Hanthorn and VanTassell were listed among the most wanted fugitives in Colorado Springs.

Continue for more about the deaths of Roy Hanthorn and Rhiannon VanTassell, including additional photos and a video.


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zandraiii
zandraiii

I am so sorry for your family's loss, it seems like some people never make the right choices. She chose a man who ended up killing her, over what seems to be a very sweet, supportive family, not to mention choosing this short fat criminal over her child. Hopefully you will choose to raise her daughter around people without addictions, explaining to her when she's older that what her mother had could be passed on to her and she must never be around anyone who uses drugs. Even if it's a family member, cut them out so that her daughter has a chance at a good life, none of you deserve to go through this nightmare again.When your granddaughter is able, get her counseling so she isn't the final casualty of this story.


It's another lesson that when women choose a man over a child, you lose, your kids lose and you leave a wake of suffering behind the bad choices you made in life that extends through generations of a family. If you choose to have a child, the child must come first. Be well mom, you are going to be your granddaughters saving grace.

dazysembroidery
dazysembroidery

We had my daughters funeral yesterday. Thanks to all who loved her. My son wrote on here and he was very angry at the time. My daughter had a drug problem and we tried to help, she didn't want to do them, she hated the fact she had a bad addiction, she would get clean, fall down again. Just like everyone of us has some sort of addiction, may it be drugs, prescription drugs, food, cigs, work, etc... she had a heart of gold. She helped others to get off drugs, but couldn't help herself. Drugs do weird things to ur mind, she loved her little girl very much, we don't know what she was thinking, Roy promised me he would never hurt my daughter, he promised Rhiannon's daughter too. We will never know the answers to our questions but we do know he was running and a chicken who couldn't face his time, Rhiannon only had less than six months, he decided to take her life she didn't take her own and he took his own life. Her daughter is being taken care of very well by family. Her father walked out when she was little. Please don't judge when you don't know. Karma comes around when u judge too hard.

ronadavia34
ronadavia34

Very sad time for all effected by this tragic outcome. My heart goes out to the little girl & family. Another little girl lost her daddy in all this. Even though she really lost him before this awful day, she will now always have a small empty spot in her heart.

shagflee69
shagflee69

Xyzabc keep it up if you would like you can say whatever you want to my face but I bet you won't chicKen a** whatever like I said your opinions don't matter because you ain't have anything better to do but talk crap on a computer how lame I'll brag about my sister whenever no pointless loser who needs to find a hobby will say otherwise

jcarey2010
jcarey2010

i love you rearea and uncle roy i will keep you heald tight in memories R.I.P i wish you where still here.

r4jc303
r4jc303

REST IN PEACE MY REA REA, NOW YOU GET A CHANCE TO MEET MY DAUGHTER AND MY SON PLEASE WATCH OVER THEM...LOVE YOU ALWAYS 

Brett Anderson
Brett Anderson

If you want to hear about shit like this be my guest. I have experienced/witnessed enough death and pain in my life I don't need to see it on my Facebook page. I can watch trash tv if I want to douse myself in sad stories. Looks like you have a bit of pent up aggression and want to attack people for wanting more love in this world and I'm the idiot...

xyzabc
xyzabc

Let's see. Fugitive #1 plus fugitive #2 equals drug habit gone wrong.  Possession of schedule II controlled substance times 3.  Burglary.  Abandoned child. Uh OH!

Brett Anderson
Brett Anderson

There has to be more uplifting news in town besides spreading misery and heartache. I like the sex, mmj, food, art and beer sides of the Westwood. More good less bad in the "news" please.

Chandie Kent
Chandie Kent

Rest in peace my beautiful friend, you will be missed.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 "RHIANNON VANTASSELL is a White Male [sic] 32 years old, 5'6" tall, and 175 lbs., with blonde hair and blue eyes."


Do tell.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

     True Love -- better to burn out than fade away ... till death do us part.


Amy Fay Parks
Amy Fay Parks

Such a sad story. I feel bad for the daughter. I hope she has a father or or family members cause she needs comfort at this difficult time.

Amber Rae Schultes
Amber Rae Schultes

So sad. That poor girl deserved her mommy, n her mommy chose a man that killed her.... Heartbreaking!! I hope the little girl grows up and amounts to much more than this!!

Patrick Layman
Patrick Layman

Kids, we all die alone and afraid. Just ask Aunt Rhiannon.

Stan Salazar
Stan Salazar

You guys usually rip on stories like this & now you're showing sympathy? My heart goes out to the child she left behind who will no doubt benefit and live a better life because of this.

shagflee69
shagflee69

Yo bro that's my sister your putting in a fucked context I don't give a crap about what you read on her keep your pointless oppinons to yourself

shagflee69
shagflee69

Somebody need to get this guys words out of my family's info xyzabc will be my problem if it stays on here or he posts again

shagflee69
shagflee69

You won't say it to my face so don't be a chicken sh*t and find a girl get a hobby something shut your mouth before somebody has to chump

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