Woman, Who Narrowly Escaped Fight With Intruder, Speaks Out After Her Boyfriend Is Killed In OKC Home Invasion

Tuesday, August 17th 2021, 4:21 pm
By: Brittany Toolis


An Oklahoma City woman survived a home invasion while her boyfriend was shot and killed. 

Myesha Alexander told News 9 she and Phillip Gates had one of the best nights on Saturday. She said the two had their first date since their infant son's birth just over three months ago. 

But Alexander said her nightmare began after she woke up the next day.

"Just knowing I watched the love of my life take his last breath in front of me. I'll never forget that. Never," she said.

Alexander watched her boyfriend, and father of her two young sons, Gates' final moments Sunday morning. She said she heard him call her name from another room, then two shots went off.

"I didn't think the gunshots was in our house," Alexander said. "I was just thinking it's probably outside and that's when the man brung Phil's body in holding his body as a shield."

Alexander said the man started rummaging through their closet, then moved her from the bedroom to the front room where he sat her on the couch and spoke to her.

"He was drinking some liquor in his bottle, and he threw it on my body and everything before he said to me, 'I'm sorry, I know y’all have kids,'" Alexander said.

They then fought.

"I'm pretty sure he was going to kill me," she said. "He put a towel in my mouth and then I saw him reach over behind my back to grab my son's blanket and he twisted it in front of me, he was about to put it in front of my throat. He kicked me in my face, and I was just laying there, and I felt him about to take that gun out and shoot me." 

Alexander said that's when she kicked the intruder, and the gun fell from his hand.

 "That's when my body told me get up, get out, run," she said.

She ran out the door, wearing only underwear.

"I'm just thinking like please hold on Phil till I find us some help. That's all I'm doing, just running. Running in my draws and my panties," she said.

When police arrived, they found Gates dead inside their apartment. 

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Now the family is trying to figure out how to move forward.

"Adonis woke up crying asking for his dad, and I haven't even told him because it's too hard to tell him. I don't even know what to tell him," Alexander said. "I just feel like I don't deserve to even be alive. I should be dead with the person I love the most."

No arrests have been made.

The family has planned a balloon release in Gates’ honor at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Northeast Park.