Shooting victim's family raises awareness on domestic abuse

By: Victoria Maranan Email
By: Victoria Maranan Email

BONHAM, TX-Five days after 20-year-old Ashleigh Lindsey was shot to death in her Kingston home, her family said they are beside themselves with grief.
Lindsey was shot by her ex-boyfriend, Joshua Mahaffey, who then killed himself. Lindsey, who was pregnant, died later that night. Mahaffey's roommate, Joshua Scott, is facing charges for Lindsey's murder because authorities said he knew about the plan to kill her.
Wednesday, at a memorial for Lindsey, her mother spoke with Victoria Maranan sharing her story hoping to save the lives of other women.
Lindsey's mother, Tara Woodlee, told us that Joshua Mahaffey harrassed their family for about a month before he killed her daughter. Wednesday, hundreds came together to remember Lindsey wearing purple ribbons to raise awareness about domestic abuse.
Family and friends packed Seventh and Main Baptist Church in Bonham, Wednesday to remember Ashleigh Lindsey.

"We were with her and she fought real hard. She was a fighter. My daughter would fight with everything she had to everybody, everything, the shirt off her back. She's that kind of person," Woodlee said.

She said Lindsey had been dating Joshua Mahaffey for just six months and didn't know he had hit her, until about a month ago when she left him.

"She wouldn't even come home because he found her once at home. She didn't want us to die with her because she felt he's gonna kill her in the end," Woodlee said.

Woodlee notified the Marshal County Sheriff's Office about the abuse and said she was told their hands were tied.

"They would say that if we find an address, but he was jumping from place to place. We couldn't get a specific address and he was coming across to Texas and so they were being limited on that," she said.

But Marshall County investigators had been looking for Mahaffey for several weeks, because he'd threatened Lindsey and attacked her before.

"We can do the legal part of it but the after-care and the follow-up that the crisis control centers can help with to prevent it from happening again in the future," said Undersheriff, Donny Raley.

"She was planning on going, I believe to the Sherman Crisis Center, but she wanted to finish out her shift at work. The next day she would've been going to Sherman, Saturday."

Crisis Control Center's Anna Marcy was working with Lindsey since she reported the abuse and said Lindsey did all she could to stay safe, but it wasn't enough.
Friday afternoon, Mahaffey and his roommate Joshua Scott, found Lindsey in her Kingston home. Investigators said Mahaffey shot her, then shot himself. Lindsey and their unborn baby died later that night.

"What is true with all domestic violence cases is that only prison bars can maintain a victim's safety. A community has to work together because not one agency or organization can keep a person safe," said Marcy.

"No woman should ever have to put up with that. No mother should have to bury her child or her unborn grandchild that I'll never get to see," said Woodlee.

Ashleigh Lindsey will be laid to rest Thursday morning at Restland Memorial Park in Dallas.

Joshua Scott held without bail at the Marshall County Jail.

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  • by Anonymous Location: Denison on Jul 22, 2012 at 11:53 AM
    Ashleigh was a very sweet girl. I'm glad I got the opportunity to know her. I hope some kind of justice comes from this. That other women will hear her story and find help. I love you Ashleigh!
  • by Private on Jul 19, 2012 at 07:55 PM
    I know all parties involved, and my prayers go out to all involved
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      by Billy Bob Thornton@Windom on Jul 20, 2012 at 09:40 AM in reply to Private
      Pray that the killer get executed, and it should be public,what a scum bag!
  • by unknown Location: kingston on Jul 19, 2012 at 01:32 PM
    first of all i am so sorry to this young lady's family. but Marshall county DOES NOT have a domestic violence agency any longer. They did have one but people in the community would not support it and frankly it was easier for some people just to see it gone. Its a shame becuase this young lady could have been placed in a safe house and even helped with secured transportation to Texas.
  • by Faith Location: Kingston on Jul 19, 2012 at 11:33 AM
    My heart breaks for this young lady and her family. Knowing Josh Mahaffey from High School, he had issues from way back. Not sure why because the rest of his family are good people. It saddens me that this tragedy turned out this way. Praying for all families.
  • by Dont understand Location: Bonham on Jul 19, 2012 at 09:04 AM
    How do people get this messed up? As for the man arrested, let's hope for swift justice and a quick execution.
  • by Bob Location: Texas on Jul 19, 2012 at 07:29 AM
    This is why women should learn to use a gun and give these guys a couple of shots before they can get the door to the house open. If she knew this guy was capable of killing her, I would have been carrying all the time (regardless of if is legal or not). It is better to pay a fine than loose your life. - When the police are ten minutes away; Smith and Weston is just a second away.
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      by Anonymous on Jul 19, 2012 at 12:29 PM in reply to Bob
      Agreed, Bob. I am a female, and after walking in on a burglary in our home, I bought a 9mm semi-automatic pistol and learned to use it. I am licensed to carry concealed and it is in my purse or out and handy in my home at all times. This story breaks my heart. Prayers going up for the family.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 19, 2012 at 06:42 AM
    "Their hands were tied". Nice job of protecting the citizens! Glad to see our tax dollars are so well spent! If she would have shot him first (I wish), she would be on trial for murder. Isn't that the way our "justice" system works???
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      by Anonymous on Jul 19, 2012 at 08:23 AM in reply to
      I would rather be on trial for murder than the other guy! The system really sucks. It's simple that sometimes you just have to take matters into your own hands and let the chips fall. We'll get there. Lord only knows why it's taking so long.
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      by Tex on Jul 19, 2012 at 02:24 PM in reply to
      It was once said to me in a simular situation"Better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6" But justice would have ruled in her favor had she got him first.The only thing is ,would a kind person like her have it in her to do it.This truly is a tragedy and needs to be stopped.
  • by me Location: again on Jul 18, 2012 at 09:44 PM
    What is it with people today? If the exboyfriend wanted to kill himself, then fine, but why kill her and the baby? And his friend who was there, he should have done the wmart thing and offed himself too. Condolenses to the family who lost a daughter and grandaughter...
  • by Navy Seal Location: Denison on Jul 18, 2012 at 09:17 PM
    My heart goes out to the family of this precious young lady and unborn child. I pray that something good will come of this. There should be more that one person could do but sometimes the law isnt the answer sometimes you have to be the law. God bless
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