A 20-year-old Washington man is behind bars after allegedly strangling his girlfriend and then taunting her family through a series of cold-hearted text messages.Authorities say Gabriel Galan Navarro is being charged with first-degree murder for the death of Allison Leedy, also 20.Navarro learned that his girlfriend was planning to leave him after a three year relationship and go to college in California.
The documents say he was ‘determined to prevent Allison and her family from realizing her dreams.’Prosecutor Adrienne McCoy described the couple’s three-year relationship as one characterized by ‘manipulation, isolation and psychological destruction.’Navarro then called 911 to tell police about Leedy’s murder but then lied to police when he allegedly said he had a trap of exploding gas in the apartment and was armed with a firearm.
Police then surrounded the apartment and used bean bags to break the windows and clear any gas.At that point, Navarro left the buliding and surrendered. Police said they believe Navarro’s actions were an attempt to get officers to shoot him.’One of our concerns… was that maybe a lot of this was an effort to get us to the point where we’d feel that to deal with the threat, we’d have to shoot him,’ said the spokesman, who was not identified.After he was arrested, Navarro told police that his alternate personality, ‘Frost’, had killed Leedy.
Friends and family of Allison Leedy have paid tribute to the young woman online.’Allison Leedy touched the heart of every person who knew her. She had a gentle kindness that warmed the heart, and a huge smile that lit up the room. Her innocence and optimism towards the world were inspirational, as she always believed in the good,’ wrote Annette Bjorklund .A former school friend also wrote how much she was liked. ‘She was so so so kind and just a genuinely sweet girl. She didn’t always say much, but when she would laugh at our jokes all you could see was that big beautiful smile of hers. I will remember her as the kind, happy, intelligent, and beautiful girl that she was.’
Her family are now struggling to deal with the loss and attempting to raise money to pay for her funeral expenses.