" 'He wanted to end it all, and the voices were telling him to hurt everyone'."http://www2.timesdispatch.com/news/2011/mar/02/TDMET01-bond-denied-in-henrico-slaying-ar-876736/
Bond denied in Henrico slaying
By Bill McKelway
Published: March 02, 2011
A South Richmond man charged with murdering a co-worker who was helping the man's estranged girlfriend took an overdose of pills after the shooting Monday morning, authorities say.
A search warrant filed late Tuesday states that Antonio B. Farris, 33, was distraught and told investigators "he wanted to end it all and the voices were telling him to hurt everyone."
In court Tuesday morning, Farris bowed his head on a video screen and told a judge he was having difficulty thinking. "I got racing thoughts," he said, asking for mental help.
He was ordered held without bond. A tentative preliminary hearing was set for April 6.
Authorities say Farris held his former girlfriend, Evita Cancel, and her two daughters, 12 and 8, hostage Monday morning for almost two hours after gunning down 24-year-old Ryan Chhoum.
The incident forced a partial evacuation of the Cardinal Forest Apartments off West Broad Street and Wistar Road and stunned residents there, who watched SWAT members surround a four-unit apartment building and rush the three survivors to safety after Farris collapsed inside, unconscious, authorities said.
Farris, Cancel and Chhoum were all employees of ManorCare Health Services-Stratford Hall, a retirement and residential-care facility near Lakeside Avenue and Hilliard Road.
"We are deeply distressed by the incident, and our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone," said spokeswoman Julie Beckert. She said support is being arranged for staff members and residents there.
Cancel is a licensed practical nurse, and Farris is a licensed nurse's aide, according to state records.
Cancel and her daughters had been living with Farris at a Westower Drive apartment complex near Jahnke Road in South Richmond. But Saturday, Cancel and her daughters moved out with Chhoum's help, loading clothes and other belongings into a minivan. It was not clear what precipitated the exodus.
Nearly a dozen of Farris' family appeared in court to support him, but they quickly left the courthouse area and spoke fleetingly.
A search warrant filed Tuesday corrects earlier beliefs by police that a young boy had called 911 from Cancel's apartment; the call came from one of Cancel's daughters.
The daughter and Cancel told police they witnessed Farris shoot Chhoum, and the search warrant describes Farris as saying that he had been "taking Lexapro, having headaches and experiencing depression." He allegedly forced his way into the apartment sometime after 7 a.m., pushing past Cancel. Lexapro is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder, among other disorders.
Farris told police he returned home to an empty apartment Saturday, finding Cancel and the girls gone, according to the search warrant. And when asked about the violent events Monday morning, the search warrant says, "he stated that there was so much he cannot remember and he just wanted to sleep. Throughout the interview Farris would explain that his head hurt.
"He wanted to end it all, and the voices were telling him to hurt everyone."