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
Oklahoma 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline
Durant Crisis Control Center
115 N 12th Ave # C
Durant, OK 74701
Sherman Crisis Center
4200 North Travis Street
Safe T Crisis Center
1579 Clarksville Street