A week before she was gunned down in her Forrest Road home, Jessica Osborne shared the start of her new life in Columbus on Facebook.
Police arrested Osborne’s live-in boyfriend, 23-year-old Vashon Walker, Tuesday night after he emerged from the 4304 Forrest Road home covered in blood. Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan pronounced Osborne dead of a single gunshot wound to the head around 7:40 p.m.
Walker was subsequently charged with Osborne’s murder, according to a Columbus Police Department press release.
The 28-year-old mother of three moved from into her Forrest Road home on June 9 after relocating with her daughters and Walker from Mississippi, according to a virtual tour of the home posted publicly to Osborne’s personal page.
"Welcome home to our new house," Osborne says on the video.
In the video, Osborne gives an ecstatic tour of her new home, which features three bedrooms and a small backyard. During one segment, Osborne sweeps the camera over a wall decal framing an open archway leading to the den. The decal reads “Live, Laugh, Love.”
Osborne goes on to describe her future plans — pink paint for a room she intended her children to share, a spacious picnic area.
"And you come back into the nice living room that I share with my future, my everything and my babies," she said, at the end of her virtual tour. "Vashon Walker, and my three little queens."
The video’s description reads: "Never do I brag but I always THANK GOD for the good & bad!!!! I step out on FAITH & move to GA with nothing but my babies. Look where GOD has brought me."
The couple’s relationship showed rocky signs a month before the fatal shooting, according to the victim’s Facebook page. Osborne mentioned recent breakups with Walker in two posts dated May 5 and May 29, but appears to have reunited with Walker both times in a matter of days.
The night of Osborne’s shooting, authorities reported at least two shell casings at the scene. Police sealed off the area as investigators arrived to piece together what happened inside the home.
While waiting for investigators, Bryan said the home was in disarray with some items knocked over, including a television on the floor. Detectives examined the scene for around eight hours, Bryan said.
Osborne’s death marks the 11th homicide in Columbus this year.
According to the Georgia Department of Corrections, Walker is a convicted felon, having served over two years at Rogers State Prison in Reidsville for burglary and theft by receiving stolen property. He was released May 2011.
Less than two weeks ago, 44-year-old Anthony Wayne Taylor Sr., 44, was shot once in the back at the Fort Benning Road Pure Gas Station on June 6.
Jerry Wayne Merrit, 47, was taken into custody shortly after the shooting and charged with one count each of murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.