The family and friends of murdered Instagram influencer Alexis Sharkey have told of their shock after her husband Thomas shot himself dead as law enforcement closed in on him, ten months after her death.
Alexis’ sister Tobi Robinault took to Instagram Wednesday after police revealed that Sharkey had taken his own life in Florida when US Marshals arrived to arrest him for the murder of his wife.
Tom Sharkey was the only person police sought in connection with the strangling death of Alexis, 27, who was found naked by the side of the road in Houston over Thanksgiving in 2020.
Robinault, in an Instagram post, wrote that this was unexpected.
‘This isn’t how I thought it would end. Miss you, you deserve everything sis. #justiceforalexis,’ she wrote.
The sister of murdered Instagram influencer Alexis Sharkey (pictured above) still wants justice for her family member after Alexis’ husband Thomas was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound Tuesday
Tobi Robinault took to Instagram Wednesday after police revealed that Sharkey had taken his own life in Florida after being confronted with the news that he was under arrest for the murder of his wife
‘This isn’t how I thought it would end. Miss you, you deserve everything sis. #justiceforalexis,’ she wrote.
Meanwhile, Kendra Martin, a friend of Alexis, elaborated on her feelings about her Thomas’ death and the entire case in an Instagram post.
She wrote: ‘I’m currently flooded with emotions of sadness, anger, and I still find myself asking God why, but if I’m being honest with myself, even if I knew why, it’s likely I wouldn’t be satisfied with the answer anyway.
‘What I do know is that God doesn’t promise our stories will make sense in and of themselves, however he does promise they will find their greater purpose in light of his greater story of redemption,’ she continued.
‘Even though Alexis is no longer physically here with us anymore her legacy will live on, her story has touched the lives of millions, raising awareness for domestic violence and giving people the courage to get out of harmful relationships.’
Kendra Martin, a friend of Sharkey’s who spoke to the media in the wake of her death, elaborated on her feelings about her husband’s death and the entire case in an Instagram post
Meanwhile, police revealed that Thomas Sharkey was evasive toward police during their investigation, moving across Texas, Georgia and Florida as officials tried to nail down the killer.
Marshals issued a warrant for his arrest on September 29, and had tracked Thomas down to his daughter’s home the day before they went to arrest him.
Officials say Thomas ran up the stairs moments after cops knocked on the door.
His daughter and her boyfriend opened the door and walked out, and when investigators went inside they found their father dead.
US Marshals confirmed Thomas’ death to KHOU 11 Wednesday morning. They’ve yet to confirm it was a suicide, but say no suspects are being sought over the shooting.
Houston police revealed that their investigation determined that Tom was the only person with the ‘means, motive and opportunity’ to have committed Alexis’ murder.
Tom Sharkey, who’s influencer wife Alexis Sharkey was found naked and dead late last year in Houston, was himself found dead from a gunshot wound to the head
Friends revealed after her death that she was trying to file for divorce from her husband and that he had allegedly abused her. Her husband has publicly denied those allegations. They are pictured together on Halloween last year
They established a history of domestic violence between the couple. They also said Tom had lied to investigators, and they had developed probable cause and an arrest warrant.
Police described Tom as ‘evasive’ throughout the investigation, saying he left Texas not long after his wife’s death.
Detectives made efforts in late July and early August to meet with him while he was living in Georgia, but he suddenly no-showed and dropped out of contact, coming up with what officials called a ‘bizarre’ explanation for his disappearance.
The plan was to charge him with murder. A task force determined he was in the Fort Myers, Florida area where he was staying with a relative.
They were able to make contact with him at around 10 p.m. Tuesday night. Sharkey was not aware he was wanted for murder until police showed up at the residence.
Social media influencer Alexis Sharkey’s autopsy has revealed she was strangled to death after her naked body was found dumped by the side of the road in Texas over Thanksgiving 2020.
Alexis vanished on November 27 after allegedly having a fight with husband Tom.
They say Sharkey, who had more than 21,000 followers on Instagram and regularly shared updates about her life, had confided in them on a recent trip to Mexico that she feared for her life but it was not clear why
Her husband has publicly denied those allegations, saying that Sharkey was unhappy and stressed at the time
A photo, believed to be the last known image of Alexis, right, shows her smiling with friends
Her naked body was found on a roadside in Houston the following day by a sanitation department worker who spotted her feet in some bushes.
Police said at the time that her body showed no signs of visible wounds, which led to initial speculation she may have overdosed.
Her body was found about three miles from the apartment she shared with her husband.
Alexis had moved to West Texas from Florida, where she met and married Tom, whom she was first photographed with in October of 2018, and became a full-time social media influencer. They were married in December of 2019 and moved to Houston in January of 2020.
Friends revealed after her death that she was trying to file for divorce from her husband and that he had allegedly abused her. Detectives confirmed that while divorce papers had not been filed, there was evidence that it was going to happen soon.
Her friends Lauren Breaux, Ally Cale, and Courtney Ehninger on Wednesday told ABC17 : ‘She had no demons. She didn’t have demons and I know that is what people are speculating and that’s not what it was. ‘She was literally one of the people that I think had the most life in her’
They say Alexis, who had more than 21,000 followers on Instagram and regularly shared updates about her life, had confided in them on a recent trip to Mexico that she feared for her life but it was not clear why.
Her husband has publicly denied those allegations, saying that Alexis was unhappy and stressed at the time.
‘She wasn’t happy. She was stressed. I would cuddle her to try to make her strong. She was an amazing woman,’ Tom told KTRK-TV at the time.
‘My wife was an amazing woman. She really was. There’s always other sides to everything. I was the one holding her, cuddling her, and building her back up.
‘I don’t need to set the record straight. I’ll let it play out the way it is. I know what my life was with my wife.’
Alexis’ mother Stacey Robinault had always been convinced that her daughter was murdered.
Sharkey’s mother Stacey Robinault (above together), who was convinced that her daughter had been murdered, revealed when her daughter vanished that she ‘had an argument’ shortly before going missing
Sharkey, 26, was found ‘with no visible signs of injury’ by city workers in Houston after they spotted feet in bushes, pictured
Alexis, second right, had more than 21,000 followers on Instagram and regularly shared updates about her life, most recently a trip to Mexico. Her friends say it was on this trip that she confided she feared for her life
Robinault told ABC13 at the time that her son-in-law had called to say Alexis was missing a day after he had last seen her.
The mother said that her daughter ‘had an argument’ with her husband before leaving the house without her car.
Tom denied that he got into a fight with his wife the night she went missing.
He said that just before she disappeared, he urged his wife not to leave their home as she was ‘under the influence’ but he did not elaborate further.
‘We didn’t fight when she left,’ he said. ‘I just told her she couldn’t drive under the influence. She left anyhow. This is where we’re at.’
Robinault revealed last month that she had to fight her son-in-law to get custody of Alexis’ body in order to bury her in her home state of Pennsylvania.
‘As her husband, he would have primary custody of what determined what happened with her, and he had said all along that he was willing to let her come home,’ Robinault told FOX26.
She said Tom eventually stopped cooperating with the family.
‘It just was a very strange – I’d almost call it – fight to get her,’ Robinault said.
‘I didn’t think I was gonna get her, and I had actually given up hope, when all of the sudden the forensics lab called me.’
The medical examiner eventually made Robinault the next of kin after two weeks of inaction from Tom.
The couple had been married about a year and had moved to Houston a year prior to her death.
Alexis’ body was found just three miles from friend Tanya Ricardo’s home. The last time they spoke was Friday evening; they had plans to watch movies Saturday.
Following news of her death Alexis’ husband Tom paid tribute calling her ‘the most amazing woman’. Tom shared pictures of his late wife in her wedding dress
Stacey Robinault said she had been discussing Christmas plans with her daughter in the days before she disappeared. Alexis, who had more than 21,000 followers on Instagram, regularly shared updates about her life, most recently a trip to Mexico
Alexis’ friends said she ‘had no demons’ and told friends a month ago that she feared for her life.
A photo, reported by KHOU to be one of the last known images of Alexis before her death shows her smiling with two friends at Thanksgiving.
Tom told KTRK-TV that she was not the outgoing, bubbly person that she appeared to be on social media, calling her ‘stressed and unhappy’.
But her friends Lauren Breaux, Ally Cale, and Courtney Ehninger on Wednesday told ABC17: ‘She had no demons. She didn’t have demons and I know that is what people are speculating and that’s not what it was.
‘She was literally one of the people that I think had the most life in her.’
Police are now said to be looking into her marriage and her home life in the weeks before her death.
Breaux said: ‘We don’t know what happened. We obviously have had ideas. We believe she was murdered, absolutely.
‘I’m going to be honest, she confided in me about how worried she was for her safety when we went to Marfa, Texas almost a month ago.
‘We were sitting down at dinner and she lost it. We walked back to our hotel room and she confided in me that night in things. I looked at her [and thought], ‘She’s petrified. This girl is scared for her life.”
The friends declined to say who it was that Alexis was scared of in the weeks before her death
One friend, Tanya Ricardo, who had spent Thanksgiving with Alexis, told Khou ‘divorce was being filed’.
Tom and Alexis Sharkey were first photographed together on Instagram in late 2018 and had married by December 2019
The pair had moved to West Texas in early 2020
Two other friends also told The Daily Beast that Alexis complained that her husband hit her and was ‘controlling and manipulative.’
Alexis’ friends said that her behavior changed recently as she was posting less on social media. They also said she wanted to be around her friends more often so as to ‘avoid going home.’
‘I know they were going through some things,’ one of Alexis’ friends, Kendra Martin, told The Daily Beast.
‘She had mentioned being separated even though they were still living in the same apartment.
‘I actually pulled her aside two weeks ago to let her know I’m here for her, and that I know something is going on because her demeanor had changed over the last month.’