BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Detectives have charged the boyfriend of 20-year-old mother Tonja Chadwick with murder.

Police announced today that Marco Holmes, arrested Wednesday on an unrelated probation violation, is now being charged with first and second degree murder, first degree assault and gun charges.

Police believe the young mother was murdered in her apartment, and then dumped in Daisy Park, wrapped up in some bedding. She had sustained a gunshot wound to the head.

They say they found blood stains at Holmes’s apartment, along with evidence that someone had tried to clean it up.

Tonja’s mother, Lakasha Chadwick, told WJZ her daughter endured a violent relationship.

“She called me and said he choked her to where she blacked out,” she said. “She decided to stay with him. I told her that he can never be at my home again.”

Police believe the couple got in an argument, which led to the shooting.

Chadwick’s mother said that she feels so relieved about Holmes being in custody and that she and her family now feels safer.

The family can now focus on raising Chadwick’s four-year-old son and planning her funeral.

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