December 5, 2003, Carolyn's boyfriend Terrence came home to the apartment that he shared with Carolyn and her mother. Believing another man was in the house, which was not the case, he flew into a jealous rage. He grabbed a gun and shot Carolyn's mother in the stomach. He then shot Carolyn in the head at point blank range.
Before ultimately dying of her injuries, Carolyn's mother made it to a neighbor's apartment and the neighbor called 911. Entering the grizzly crime scene, police officers discovered blood and bits of bone sprayed everywhere. They assumed Carolyn was dead. "When the officer came in the apartment," Carolyn remembers, "I grabbed him on the ankle to let him know that I was alive."