Husband of influencer who was killed last year kills himself after cops knocked door
A fugitive bodybuilder wanted for the murder of his influencer wife shot himself dead moments after US Marshals caught up with him.
Tom Sharkey, whose influencer wife Alexis Sharkey was found naked and strangled by the side of a road in Houston in November 2020, was himself found dead from a gunshot wound to the head.
He died at his daughter’s house in Fort Myers, Florida, just before midnight Tuesday, shortly after Marshals made contact, with a relative saying he’d run up the stairs and pulled the trigger on himself.
Marshals issued a warrant for his arrest on September 29, and had tracked Sharkey down to his daughter’s home the day before they went to arrest him.
Sharkey was found dead inside moments after cops knocked on the door, with his son and daughter opening it and walking out, before investigators went inside and found the grim scene.
US Marshals confirmed the 49-year-old Sharkey’s 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 Sharkey was the only person with the ‘means, motive and opportunity’ to have committed the 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
They established a history of domestic violence between the couple. They also said Tom Sharkey had lied to believe and they had developed probable cause and an arrest warrant.
Police described Sharkey as ‘evasive’ throughout the investigation. 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.
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.
Sharkey vanished on November 27 after allegedly having a fight with her husband Tom.
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
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.
Friends revealed after her death that she was trying to file for divorce from her husband and that he had allegedly abused her.
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 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
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.
‘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.’
Sharkey’s mother Stacey Robinault had always been convinced that her daughter was murdered.
Robinault told ABC13 at the time that her son-in-law had called to say Sharkey was missing a day after he had last seen her.
Sharkey’s 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 Sharkey’s 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.
Sharkey’s 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.
A photo, believed to be the last known image of Alexis, right, shows her smiling with friends
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
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
Her husband of a year Tom, 49, 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.
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’
One friend, Tanya Ricardo, who had spent Thanksgiving with Alexis, told Khou ‘divorce was being filed’.
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.’
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
Alexis Sharkey, 26, was found ‘with no visible signs of injury’ by city workers in Houston on Saturday after they spotted feet in bushes, pictured