Florida prophetess Ruthene Tukes was found murdered in a South Georgia motel room by her 39-year-old boyfriend, David Chavell Monroe of Folkston, Georgia. He was arrested and charged with first-degree murder after Kingsland police retrieved evidence in the hotel room that led them to Monroe’s home where they found him covered in blood.
Prophetess Ruthene Tukes was a recent widow of two years met Monroe and was trying to help him get his life together according to reports, a relationship developed at the protest of her family members who had actually filed a restraining order against David Chavell Monroe forbidding him from coming to their Jacksonville home. Because of the restraining order, Prophetess Tukes, would often travel to South Georgia to do ministry and spend time with Monroe.
Ruthene Tukes was described as the backbone of her family.
“I loved her so much. She was my sweetest, innocent and goodest grandmother I could ever have,” said Eric Collins, her grandson.
Ruthene Tukes’ daughter, Shameka Tukes, told News4Jax that her mother had been traveling from Florida to Georgia for ministry work and that’s how she met Monroe.
“If you were hungry, she fed you. If you needed somewhere to stay, she would open up her doors no matter what time of day. If you called her, she would answer her phone. And to be robbed of that, I just don’t understand it. She was basically trying to help him get his life back,” Shameka Tukes said. “Love is blind.”