Friends remember mother killed, set on fire in Seymour


by Johnny Archer

Posted on May 13, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Updated Sunday, May 13 at 7:44 PM

(WHAS11) -- It’s hard for friends of Tabitha Brock, 23, of Seymour, Ind. to imagine someone killing her.

“It would be hard for anyone not to consider her a friend,” said Jerrica Grider. “I can’t see anyone not getting along with her.”

Grider worked with Brock at a hair salon in Columbus, Indiana.

Brock was found dead inside a burning car at the intersection of C.R. 700 North and C.R. 1075 East in Seymour, Jackson County early Friday morning.

Julie Wayt and her daughter live up the street and were one of the first on the scene.

“It was like an inferno,” said Julie Wayt. “I have never seen that much fire.”

Investigators have determined that Brock was killed before the fire. They say her boyfriend, Gerald Eugene Combs, Jr., 29, is her killer.

Investigators say there’s no evidence that the car was involved in a crash.

“That would have to be the worst thing in the world to lose your child and to bury your child,” said Wayt. “I think that would be the upmost worst thing.”

Only charred grass and trees remain at the scene of the crime. Sunday, Julie Wayt and her daughter Amber laid flowers there, even though they didn't know Brock.  Flowers were also set at the hair salon where Brock, who had a four-year-old son, worked as a cosmetologist.

Friends say they're stunned to think they'll never have another conversation with her again.

“I had no idea that would be the last time I talked to her,” said Grider. “That is what gets me the most.”

Gerald Eugene Combs, Jr. is being held in the Jackson County jail without a bond on charges of murder, arson and neglect of a dependent.