Candlelight vigil held in remembrance of shooting victims

By: Victoria Maranan Email
By: Victoria Maranan Email

MADILL, OK-Dozens of Texomans came together Tuesday to remember those affected by domestic violence. Two of them killed last week, shot to death in Marshall County.

Over a hundred people from all over Texoma lit their candles Tuesday night, hoping to bring to light the issue of domestic abuse in Marshall county and that men, too, can become victims. Friends and family have told me they hope the message will help save lives.

The Durant Crisis Control Center hosted a candlelight vigil remembering those affected by domestic violence.

"A member of the community actually came and asked us to have a vigil in honor of these families because there was so many violent crimes that happened in such a short time period. It really shook the community of Marshall County," said the center's Anna Marcy.

The most recent victims were Kae Villicana, who was allegedly shot by her ex-boyfriend Russell Neasbitt as she tried to get away from him in Enos July 18th. Villicana survived and is recovering.

Days before that in Kingston, 20-year-old Ashleigh Lindsey and her unborn child were shot by her ex-boyfriend, Joshua Mahaffey, who killed himself. Lindsey later died. Her mother, Tara Woodlee attended the vigil and said she hopes her daughter's story would help save many other lives.

"It makes people more aware that this kind of thing can escalate and turn into something you don't expect it to," she said.

She said her daughter's story inspired others to leave violent relationships. They are also selling bracelets to help fund the Sherman Crisis Center where Lindsey was supposed to be admitted the day after she was killed.

"I have had six different contacts in the past week, of different women who left their violent partners because of my daughter's story. Because they don't want them and their kids to end up where my daughter ended up," Woodlee said.

Chad Wayne Page's family also attended the ceremony. Authorities said Page was killed by Joshua Scott who stole his car to pick up Mahaffey and go to Kingston.

"We've just all been shocked in the last week...a little more grieving everyday just over the shock of it," said Page's aunt, Nancy May.

"I hope this vigil brings awareness to the community. I think that people are aware that domestic violence happens, but we want to share is that it happens everywhere," said Marcy.

"Seek help, you're not alone. My daughter wasn't alone, I think she did everything she could," said Woodlee.

"Just to be, probably aware of your surroundings. Someone you think you know, you really don't," said May.

To report any incident of domestic violence contact local law enforcement.

Russell Neasbitt has been charged with shooting with intent to kill and Joshua Scott is held without bond in the Marshall County Jail.

National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-799-7233 (SAFE)

Oklahoma 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-522-7233 (SAFE)

Durant Crisis Control Center
115 N 12th Ave # C
Durant, OK 74701
(580) 924-3030

Sherman Crisis Center
4200 North Travis Street
Sherman, TX
(903) 892-8595

Safe T Crisis Center
1579 Clarksville Street
Paris, TX
(903) 783-1313


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  • by Aunt Location: Texas on Jul 25, 2012 at 09:34 PM
    In order to change the laws the stories of domestic abuse needs to be brought to light. If you only new the entire story of what this family has endured to try & protect this child. She was hunted down like a dog by more then one person & anyone who tried to help were threatened. "The squeaky wheel gets the grease." People stand up againist domestic violence, don't bury your head in the sand even if the violent one is a friend or family member.
  • by Victim of DV on Jul 25, 2012 at 03:57 PM
    I am applauded by the statement that it is a choice like drugs or alcohol. NO WOMEN picks out a man and enters a relationship thinking "this guy looks good. I hope he blackens my eye and chokes me till I pass out." It's not just about leaving and POOF everything is magically better or over. Most of these men will not let victims walk away. On top of that in this story they kill to steal a car so they can kill the girlfriend who left. I don't see where these victims got any choices. Especially that unborn baby!
  • by Victim of DV on Jul 25, 2012 at 03:57 PM
    I am applauded by the statement that it is a choice like drugs or alcohol. NO WOMEN picks out a man and enters a relationship thinking "this guy looks good. I hope he blackens my eye and chokes me till I pass out." It's not just about leaving and POOF everything is magically better or over. Most of these men will not let victims walk away. On top of that in this story they kill to steal a car so they can kill the girlfriend who left. I don't see where these victims got any choices. Especially that unborn baby!
  • by ashleigh's friend on Jul 25, 2012 at 03:01 PM
    My apologies. I did not realize the timing of posts. I take back my comment about you responding to her grandmother, however my feelings are still the same and it hurts me that you assume her family will not feel bad about your comments. She did everything she knew to do to end the abusive relationship.
  • by ashleigh's friend on Jul 25, 2012 at 02:57 PM
    The time when an individual decides to leave is the most dangerous time. Yes, we do need domestic violence awareness. Many women are not aware there is anything wrong with the way they are treated. Some women come from abusive homes as children and then find themselves in the same type of relationship as their own mother was in, which seemed normal to them. It is not fair to say that everyone knows about it. Women need to be aware that they can create an escape plan with qualified counselors at crisis centers before leaving. They also need to know that abuse is not ok! Not even one time! They need to be taught what to do in situations like these. In lieu of these violent attacks, one would think you'd be compassionate. Ashleigh did leave. Your words make me feel as if you have no compassion for what happened to my dear friend. Please think about what you put and then realize you were responding to her grandmother. How cold can you get? How would you feel?
  • by Ashleighs grandma Location: Denison on Jul 25, 2012 at 10:58 AM
    My thanks to KXII and the Ardmorite for their empathy and courageous efforts to keep this story out in the public eye. For those women who have been told by their tormentors that no one else loves you or wants you or will help you, don't believe it. It is the worst kind of lie. Ashleigh is loved and we want you to know that you are too. The community that makes itself available to help victimized ones must be stronger and louder than the community that perpetrates or condones these actions. Do not turn a blind eye or a deaf ear to their plight. We may not be able to save them all but we want to do all we can. By all means, change the law. How is it that nearly half of women in Oklahoma report an abusive relationship? Somewhere the message is not getting out that this is totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated by families, friends nor neighbors.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 25, 2012 at 05:59 AM
    The issue of domestic violence does not need to be "brought to light", we all know about it and what it is. The issues are 1) getting the law to do something about it, and 2) encouraging people to get out of, or avoid, these types of relationships. It is a choice like using drugs or anything else that is bad. The first time a boyfriend or husband physically beats you, it's time to go!
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