Valerie Robinson had been employed with Katy ISD (Independent School District) and had just started her new job as a cafeteria worker at Tompkins when the shooting occurred at approximately 6 a.m. Friday morning when she arrived for work.
Gregory Robinson then drove back to their home and barricaded himself inside. After a stand-off that lasted for several hours, SWAT team members entered the home and found him dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The couple were known to have a tumultuous, abusive relationship, yet the victim repeatedly returned to her husband:
“She wanted to make it work,” said Clarissa Coleman, Valerie Robinson’s sister. “When she thought he changed or something changed, she’d come back, and it was the same thing again and she’d leave again. That was basically it.”
“She told me out of her own mouth. I asked her, ‘Why, why, why did you leave?’” said Audrey Ephran, another sister. “And she told me, ‘Because he hit me.’ And I said, ‘OK.’ And she said, ‘I’m not going back.’”