Loleini Tonga, Domestic Dispute at Center of Chris Henry Homicide Investigation

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After a troubled history with the law (five arrests in an 18-month span a few years ago), NFL star Chris Henry seemed to be coming back from the brink.

The football player credited his success in turning his life around to fiancée Loleini Tonga and their kids: Seini, 3, Chris Jr., 2, and DeMarcus, 10 months.

But now, after Henry passed away Thursday from injuries he sustained after a domestic dispute with Loleini Tonga, that relationship is in the crosshairs.

Homicide detectives have been assigned to the case, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police, after Henry fell out of a pickup truck earlier this week.

He suffered life-threatening injuries Tuesday and died early Wednesday.

The more details emerge, the more tragic the story becomes.

In the last conscious moments of Chris Henry's life, the Cincinnati Bengals member begged Tonga to stop so they could talk or he'd kill himself, a witness said.

Police say a domestic dispute jump-started the turn of events that led to fatal injuries Henry sustained after falling from the moving pickup. Henry was on medical leave visiting Loleini Tonga's family when the fight began Wednesday.

Neighbor Lee Hard, was on a ladder cutting back some trees when he saw the yellow pickup "zooming" up the Tongas' gravel driveway a few yards away.

Hardy said a shirtless black man (Chris Henry) clung to the top and side of the truck while standing in the bed, begging Loleini Tonga to stop the vehicle.

"He was banging on the top, on the doors, screaming, 'We need to talk,'" Hardy said. "He yelled, 'If you take off, I'm going to jump off and kill myself.'"

She stopped, hesitating at the end of the driveway, but then took off. Emergency dispatchers soon got a 911 call from a woman driving behind them.

It is not known how or why Chris Henry fell from the truck, but the fall ultimately claimed his life at 26. Also unclear is why Loleini Tonga and he argued that day.

TMZ may have shed some light on that, however. Just one day before he died, Henry met with a rep from a North Carolina wedding planning company.

That company claims the Cincinnati Bengals player was "annoyed" and "aggravated" Tuesday night at the cost of putting together his wedding to Tonga.

Henry became upset when he saw the bill and "with an attitude" asked Loleini, "How much we paying for all this?" The two then "bickered" over details.

Eventually Henry walked outside so Loleini could work out the details and fill out paperwork, which she later mentioned (seemingly happily) on MySpace.

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I don't believe the neighbor's story about hearing him say he was going to kill himself. The story was made up to cover up the fact that she was driving reckless which caused him to fall off of the truck. This man had encountered several harsh times in life that caused him to be released from the NFL. If he did not kill himself after being dropped by his team, which would have been an all time low for him; he would not kill himself over wedding expenses. The neighbor's story is bullshit created to place doubt in law enforcement mind. If the story is true, which I seriously doubt; Why did she not stop once she realized he had fell off the truck. She is silly, selfish bitch and based on her actions she will never have the wedding she had planned! I say HA HA Bitch thats what you get. She may never be convicted for his murder but she will have to live with the fact that she killed him for the rest of her life. She will have to explain to her children why she killed their father.

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i dont know a lot about this story but i do know that his girlfreind didn't stop and he fell out of the truck and died. Why didn't loleini stop the truck? I am a 9 year old kid and i feel sorry for the kids. This is a tragic story.

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This is a sad story. What is also sad is the negative speculations people report. Do anyone really know that she was afraid for her life. No. People will say anything to make themselves the victim in a situation like this. There are so many young black men who find themselves in bad situations for so many reasons This too is sad. I am not making excuses for them. If it is true that he was upset over the cost of the wedding....he had a right to voice his concern, after all he was probably paying for it. She should hae stopped when he allegedly asked her to stop. Only she knows the truth and will have to live it. I really feel bad for the kids.

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@ LT

Do you realize how stupid you sound? That dumb ass bitch was never in fear of her bitch ass life! And those ugly kids weren't even Chris's! That stupid bitch is a ho and a slut who had those kids by 3 different men! He wasn't weren't even engaged nor was he going marry the dumb bitch! So fuck that ugly ass ho!

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@ LT

You are stupid just like that ugly ass bitch is! I'm glad that there were negative speculations because that dumb bitch murdered Chris! And we all know that stupid bitch knows the truth! Do you think that bitch is going to tell it I think not! And Chris was not engaged or going to marry that ugly ass bitch! Get a damn life bitch!

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Who knows what happened. We can't really say. I saw her myspace and I have read various stories. It seems that he was with a woman who he thought was worth more than what she really is. He was trying to do what was right and really loved her. It is sad that the didn't and still might not realize what she had. Rest In Peace to a man who died much to young, whose life ended just as he had started turning onto the right track. It is heartbreaking to see young people with so much potential die so early with so much unfinished business.

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@ Laura Marie

You are dumb as hell! Chris didn't love that dumb hoe you stupid bitch! That stupid ugly stupid bitch wasn't even worth his time that's why he going to stop messing with the dumb bitch! You see you and the general public don't know the real story about what happened that day to my bestie (Chris) but I do! Nobody gives a damn about that dumb bitch! Get a life!!!!

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@ Laura Marie

Well you don't know but I do! And he wasn't even with her he was using that ugly hoe! And he didn't love that ugly hoe either you dumb bitch! GET A LIFE!

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very sad loss rip chris we love you here in the natti

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I wonder if there is an insurance policy and she is the beneficiary of it? Things to think about. 1) how fast was the truck going?
2) why did she not stop?
3) If she loved him then why drive in such a way that he could fall out of the truck?
4) She is culpable either in manslaughter or murder reguardless if he jumped on his own or not. she was the one driving the vehicle irrationally that ended in his death.
5) If the roll was reversed he would be in jail and most likely get a huge prison sentence. *** Personally i hope she gets life in prison.***

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The sad part is that the kids will ask questions now and later.
Chris and Tonga were both wrong in their actions and made poor choices which led to his death.
She was the mother of his kids and his fiance.
She would have returned in an hour or two.
Jumping on a moving truck is plane stupid but in the heat of an emotional battle young people sometimes make mistakes.
God Bless both of the famlies invlove because there are no winners in this situation.
Tonga dispite any legal issues will have to live with her decisions for the rest of her lives. Her kids will ask her one day why did you keep driving?

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Truly sad. It really doesn't matter what Chris may or may not have said. People say all kinds of things when they argue. I really doubt that he really meant to kill himself. He only wanted her to not leave, and stop the truck.
Would a reasonaable person continue to drive a open bed pickup truck knowing that a man...the man you love and are about to marry in a few months is back there begging you to stop? Come on, she needs to be charged with murder. At minimum Chris' family needs to sue her for wrongful death.

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I wonder if this guy (Lee Hard? Really?) in the moving tree that apparently kept pace with a speeding truck, also heard Chis say, "...and it'll be easy for me to jump off this speeding truck now that I have another shot at NFL stardom, because I have one broken arm that I can't use to hold on with." Sounds like Loleini's bad temper got Chris killed, before the wedding. And, she was just bragging about the rings & bridal shopping sprees on the web just the day before. I wonder if she was mad about problems with the wedding she was fixated on? Seems that's where her real happiness was. It's right there for all to see on her Myspace.

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She should have stopped the truck...he should not have jumped off or gone after her for that matter. How fast was she going? Who really knows what went on? Clearly she was not thinking, NEITHER WAS HE. Sad story.
Just two young people who were just not thinking...no one is to blame. If we could only turn back the hand of time. I pray for the both families and the children.

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