In front of the children

Christy East, 21, was a young mother of two. June 19 th, she lost every thing she had in a gas explosion that the destroyed the homes and displaced 6 families. She had temporarily moved in with an aunt while awaiting a new home. Luckily East and her children were away from the home at the time of the explosion.

About 1:30 pm last Sunday, police recieved a call from insiide the aunt’s home, about a man with a gun. Several people ran from the home when Jamiel Kyle, 30, entered. East and Kyle have a child together.

The SWAT team responded and spent about 2 hours trying to resolve the situation. But then there were shots. After several shots were heard, the team entered the home, and found East and Kyle in the bedroom, dead from gunshot wounds.

East’s older child was in the house at the time of the shooting, the younger child the couple shared was found by police in Kyle’s car in the sweltering heat.

On Thursday a memorial was held for Christy East and also to bring attention to two other recent murders in the area.

Jennifer McKenzie, 21, a mother of three children was killed last month by the father of the children. David Allen, 24, is still at large.

In February, Andrea Brown, 23, was stabbed to death. Her boyfriend Tierro J. Straight, 24, has been accused of the murder.

In each case there are similiarities. All were murdered. All were killed by a boyfriend or ex-boyfriend. And all were killed in front of their children.

Kyle had previously been charged with sexual assault, after he reportedly attacked a previous girlfriend. He recieved 1 year of probation after the victim requested that he get counseling instead of jail time.

Domestic violence workers were at the memorial, and there was a message they wanted to share. That the community needed to learn the signs of when a relationship was in danger of becoming violent.

If a relationship has several of these signs, then there is an increased possibility of violence.

Prior bad acts- may or may not involve violence towards women.

Extreme, excessive jealousy.

Quick to anger.

Uses force and/or intimidation as a means of control.

Control of money as a way of control.

In the links to the left I also have these links entitled Relationship Violence Early Warning Signs and Types, Signs and Symptoms that go over the warning signs.

If you know of a relationship with warning signs, you are encouraged to make contact with social workers, law enforcement or the court system for help in devising a way to intervene.

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