MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The family of a 22-year-old mother killed in a murder-suicide this week says they are holding a vigil in her memory Thursday night.
But her tragic death is just of of several cases we’ve seen of women killed or brutalized by domestic violence.
Samara Deshay Ward was shot dead while holding her one-year-old baby Tuesday night, family says.
Police responded to the 4100 block of Troost in Raleigh where they found Ward dead from a gunshot wound.
Latravius White, 24, was also at the scene suffering a gunshot wound. He died later at a hospital.
Police say White shot Ward, then shot himself.
Ward’s brother, who said he heard the gunshots, said the two were in a relationship and that the shooting stemmed from a domestic violence situation.
“It still feels unreal, but I know she’s with us all. But it’s still pretty sad, like I had never pictured this for her,” Travis Robinson said.
In South Memphis, Samuel Bobo was charged with aggravated kidnapping and aggravated assault after police said he strangled a woman, forced her into a vehicle and held her against her will.
In Orange Mound, Larry Gray is accused of breaking into a woman’s home and threatening to kill her. Earlier, Paeirre Clayton faced a list of charges – including domestic assault for pointing a gun and a woman forcing her to have sex.
Police say 26-year-old Karmeshia Pipes, who was 9-months pregnant, was killed by the hands of her boyfriend.
Her family tells us she was set to give birth any day.
In the most recent tragic case, Ward’s brother said he’s asking anyone in an abusive relationship to get out before it’s too late.
“Get out of it the best way you can, as quick as possible,” said Robinson.