Family reacts to guilty verdict in downtown bus station murder

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OKLAHOMA COUNTY -- An Oklahoma County jury reached a verdict in a the fatal downtown bus station stabbing.

Isaiah Tryon was found guilty Friday for killing his former girlfriend, Tia Bloomer, in March 2012.

Emotional moments unfolded in the courtroom as the family saw surveillance video of the stabbing for the very first time. Witnesses watched the footage in horror as Tryon attacked Bloomer.

It took the jury less than 30 minutes to find Isaiah Tryon guilty of first degree murder.

Prosecutors say Tryon stabbed Tia Bloomer up to seven times at the bus station with a steak knife.

Surveillance video captured the murder in that busy terminal. It was shown for the jury earlier this week and in closing arguments Friday.

Some of Bloomer’s family were so emotional that they had to remove themselves from the courtroom while the footage was being played.

“It was tough, just to see him in action, to see him not stop, to do something intentionally and repetitive. It hurts, it hurts to see my sister like that,” Jhantae Bloomer said.

Bloomer, the mother to Tryon’s son, was only 19.

She was going to meet with a police officer in the domestic violence unit the morning she was killed. Tryon was at the bus station waiting for her.

His attorney argued Friday that Tryon was devastated after Bloomer left him, but says he didn’t plan to murder her. He called it an act of passion.

Ultimately, the jury didn’t buy it.

“I was relieved. I was happy that my sister gets justice. I'm just happy for it to all be over with,” Kevia Bloomer said.

With Tryon’s conviction, Bloomer’s family thinks about the son she leaves behind. He’s four now and living with Bloomer’s mother.

“Seeing him here and growing up, I'm just happy we have a piece of her still here,” Kevia Bloomer said.

The jury will have to decide punishment between life, life without parole, or the death penalty. That verdict is expected next week.

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