Who was Brittany Rhea Phillips? Mississippi model and mother-of-two run over and killed by former cop ex-boyfriend
James Heath Kitchens allegedly hit Phillips leading to her death on Saturday, November 21, while she was walking on Riviera Road around 8 in the evening
OKTIBBEHA COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI: A well-known model and mother of two kids has died after her ex-boyfriend, who was a former cop, ran over her, police said. James Heath Kitchens allegedly hit Brittany Rhea Phillips leading to her death on Saturday, November 21, while she was walking on Riviera Road around 8 in the evening in Oktibbeha County.
After the incident, the 26-year-old victim was soon rushed to the OCH Regional Medical Center, where she was declared dead. Local authorities have not provided much information related to the incident, but said the alleged murder was the result of a “domestic incident”. The 30-year-old was said to a former cop who worked as a Tupelo police officer from January 2019 until May 2020. “I don’t know if any of you ever met Brittany Rhea Phillips, but she was taken from us last night in a domestic violence event at her home in Starkville,” a photographer for Belmont Images Magazine posted on Facebook.
Phillips was survived by a seven-year-old daughter and a 10-month-old son. A GoFundMe page has also been launched for the victim that read: “Many of you that have met Brittany Rhea know that she was 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. 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. I’d like you all to know all proceeds will go directly to Brittany’s mother Stacie to help with her funeral costs, and to help Brittany’s mother raise and care for her daughter's children. Brittany was an amazing mother, her children were her world. These donations will help provide these two babies their best future going forward. Even if you can only donate 1$ or even 5$, everything adds up, and everything helps. Thank you for your donations, all is appreciated.”
Reports said that along with modeling, Phillips also owned two businesses: Couturhea, an online boutique, and Beauty Perfected, a beauty shop. Meanwhile, the accused Kitchens, who is in the Oktibbeha County Jail, has been charged with manslaughter and his bond has been set at $25,000.
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