Deadly Affection

June 29, 2014

5400 block of Preakness Lane, Dallas

3:15 - 3:56 a.m.

  • Age: 33
  • Gender: Female
  • Race: Black
  • Manner of Death: Shooting
  • Location: Their home
  • Address: 5400 block of Preakness Lane
  • City: Dallas
  • Neighborhood's Average Household Income: 44,326
Veronica Sauels killed June 29, 2014

Police believe Veronica Sauels, who had three daughters, was one victim in her husband's crime spree across Oak Cliff.

Police say Ranji Alix Charles, 41, fled the scene of an accident and then returned to a gas station with two men. There, they believe he shot Corey Shannon, 33, his childhood friend and business acquantaince, who he may have believed was having an affair with his wife.

Police say he then went home and shot his 33-year-old wife once in the face. Her children found her when they woke up the next morning. They told police that the couple had been fighting for a week because Charles believed his wife was cheating on him.

Sauels had previously applied for a protective order, which expired the year before she died. 

“Ranji is a violent man with a gun and I fear that he will take my life if I do not receive protection,” Sauels wrote in 2011 when she applied for the protective order. “I have three young children that need me, therefore I refuse to lose my life to domestic violence.”

Her daughters, 5, 11 and 13, are staying with family. 

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4 Community Comments

michelle meme rickett on March 18, 2016, 8:38 a.m.

She didn't deserve to die like this she was a very loving and kind person.And she loved her kids and family

Laquitia Brooks on March 18, 2016, 9:47 a.m.

We grew up together and West Dallas Projects even though I never really came around my family like I was supposed to are like I should have I still remember some of the things that we did when we were in West Dallas Projects. Veronica has has always been a very kind-hearted person who did not deserve to be taken away from her children so soon sometimes domestic violence it's hard because once you love a person no matter what that person do to you you still love still love them. I wish that I had more time to have gotten to know her better but regardless she was my family and it hurt me dearly for someone to take her away from her kids her family in such a horrible way. God will take care of of mr. Child because he took away one of his angels I have nothing good to say about him I didn't know him at all I have nothing bad to say about him because I didn't know him the only thing I do know about him he is a horrible person but Justice will take place in due time Justice will take place

Shaquitha Johnson on March 24, 2016, 3:05 a.m.

She was like family we grew up around each other my uncle is married to her aunt.. I pray that she got justice and I sob because she was taken away..She was always smiling loved her girls to the fullest.. very family oriented and I'm sorry she has left us so soon and in praying hands I pray that her girls have a better future.. love u Vero ;) R.I.P.

Kris'Slaja Johnson on April 25, 2017, 3:32 p.m.

My Mother didn't deserve to die the way she did .... still to this day I cry myself to sleep knowing she wont be able to walk this earth again ...she was such a loving person .... I just wish I would have spoken up and maybe just maybe she will still be here...... love you mama I will continue to stay strong like you wanted me to be just wish u could see me and my sisters grow to be the beautiful young ladies we are today rest easy I know you looking down on us <3

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  • Ranji Alix Charles
  • Age: 41
  • Gender: Male
  • Race: Black
  • Relationship to Victim: Husband
  • Status: Charged with capital murder