IHOP stabbing scene

Flowers are seen in the parking lot of IHOP in Killeen where 21-year-old Kirsten Nicole Farr was stabbed multiple times Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, according to police.

Police arrested a 31-year-old man suspected of fatally stabbing a woman in a Killeen restaurant parking lot early Sunday morning.

Thomas Jeremy Jones was apprehended at 11:53 a.m. Sunday at a Nolanville residence after Justice of the Peace Garland Potvin issued a warrant for his arrest.

The Bell County District Attorney’s Office charged Jones with murder, and he is currently in the Killeen City Jail, awaiting arraignment.

Killeen Police Department officers responded to a 911 call at 3:14 a.m. Sunday in reference to a stabbing in the IHOP parking lot in the 700 block of West Central Texas Expressway, according to a KPD news release.

Upon arrival, officers found a woman who was suffering from multiple stab wounds; she was immediately transported to the Carl R Darnall Army Medical Center in critical condition.

The victim was identified as 21-year-old Killeen resident Kirsten Nicole Farr, according to police.

Farr was pronounced dead at 3:53 a.m. by Potvin.

An autopsy will be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas, the release stated.

On Sunday evening, more than 100 members of the community gathered for a candlelight vigil in remembrance of the young woman known to her family and friends as “Nikki.”

Witnesses told police Farr was a passenger in a gold Cadillac in the IHOP parking lot, when she was approached by Jones, her ex-boyfriend.

A verbal altercation began and quickly turned physical.

Jones stabbed Farr multiple times and fled. Officers searched the area but were unable to locate him at the time.

The IHOP general manager declined to comment on the incident.

Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here. You can contact Rose L. Thayer at rthayer@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7463. Follow her on Twitter at KDHmilitary.


Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here.

(8) comments


I am the mother of the 21 year old Kirsten Nicole Farr.I just wanted toput my thoughts here about this tragic death of my daughter .What really bothers me about is why no one help my daughter or stop them verbally fighting outside the crowded IHOP restaurant.I have been to IHOP on rely mornings of Saturdays and Sundays before I know that there is at least one to three police officers securing that place due to crazy things gets out of control in the past.Where are they in morning of Feb.23,2014.or I heard there is a security guard that morning too.The police officers always messing with people who doing nothing wrong,I was kicked out out of there with few my friends several years ago and we doing nothing .And a friend of mine was also was arrested last year simply for just sitting in her vehicle because she doesn't feel good.But why there not one police officers there to save my daughter from her killer ???Why?Where were they at the time this was happening?Why this police officers always around to arrest anyone for simple reasons but never they around when we do need them to protect us?My daughter should have not had died that day if they were doing their job like they supposed to to serve and protects.

Proud Mother of an Army Avi8er

Yes, the photo in this article at present, only shows a vase with flowers and some of the stain.
However, an earlier photo showed the WHOLE blood stained parking space.

Maybe you should know the facts before you talk through you pie whole and criticize someone and their son.


[sad]to mother of av8r, put your glasses on, it's a vase and flowers, DUH!!!!!!!!!!!!!
hope r son has better vision than you.


Am I missing something? I just see a vase and flowers...a little civil site. I do t see anything wrong with the picture. Condolences to the family and friends of the young lady.

Proud Mother of an Army Avi8er

For shame on the KDH...Was it necessary for the KDH to print a photo of the crime scene...blood.
Remember...the young lady that died has loved ones. How shocking to read the paper and see this photo. Show some respect for the dead and living...
I think writing about it would have sufficed.
I guess anything goes for a buck...


Its called REAL LIFE , saw nothing disrespectful at all in that photo.[sad][wink]

Proud Mother of an Army Avi8er

It's called respect and compassion!


I'm RoseWilcox the mother of the young woman who was stabbed at IHOP
It was very upsetting to see that photo of my daughters blood on the parking
lot that was posted .But it also kind of help me to kind of know what happened to my daughter that early morning before her death.I was very very upset to see the photo but I'm okay now .Thank you for the thinking of me and my family on your comments.God Bless You

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.