Tyler Perry is extending a helping hand to the family of a single mother of four who was murdered in Georgia.
The actor and filmmaker, 49, paid rent for Tynesha Evans’ children to prevent them from being evicted after the death of their mother,according to local news outlets.
Evans, 45, was shot and killed Saturday in the parking lot of the Wells Fargo Bank in Alpharetta, Georgia, allegedly by her 58-year-old boyfriend, Othnel Inniss, according to a statement posted on the Alpharetta Department of Public Safety’s Facebook page.
“The victim and the suspect were in an on-again, off-again relationship that sadly ended in senseless violence during an argument,” the statement reads.
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Evans was a mother of three daughters and one son, according to a GoFundMe account set up to cover her burial expenses. Two of her children are minors.
One of her children, Audrey Turner, described the moment Perry contacted her to local news station WSB-TV.
“It was a call I wasn’t even going to answer. I said, ‘Well, let me answer it to see who it is.’ I answered and the person on the other end said, ‘This is Tyler’ … I said, ‘Tyler who?’ and he said, ‘Tyler Perry,'” Turner recalled. “At that point, I just broke down crying.”
In addition to covering their housing expenses, Perry offered to pay for Evans’ funeral in Atlanta, as well as flying her body back to her hometown in Wisconsin for a second funeral that he would also cover.
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Perry also paid for the college tuition of Evans’ 18-year-old daughter, Sharadiant Turner, so she doesn’t have to drop out.
“I’m going to do what (Evans) wanted me to do,” Sharadiant told WSB-TV. “She started me on math and now I’m going to get to graduate with a mathematics degree from Spelman College without debt. It means everything.”
Evans’ 14-year-old daughter, Shakemia Turner, called Perry “an angel on Earth.”
This is not Perry’s first act of kindness. In December, the actor paid $434,000 in layaway bills at two Walmart stores in Atlanta ahead of Christmas.
“I know it’s hard times and a lot of people are struggling,” Perry said after announcing the holiday layaway-giveaway on Instagram on Dec. 6. “I’m just really, really grateful to be able to be in a situation to do this. So God bless you. Go get your stuff.”
Contributing: The Associated Press
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