October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Read and share stories to honor survivors whose lives have been changed by domestic violence.

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LaTonya Boyd

In memory of Tyesha McNair

October 13, 2009, my life changed forever. My 21-year-old daughter Tyesha was murdered by the father of her two daughters. She and a friend of hers was shot to death. The person who shot and killed Tyesha should not have been able to have a gun; he had committed a crime against a woman as a teenager, and he also had been in jail for domestic violence. He used a stolen gun. It’s smart to keep guns under lock and key with ammo in another place, under lock and key as well.

Tyesha was moving back to Kansas to get away from him. She just got done with getting her CNA and she wanted a safe environment for her 6-month-old daughter Jae’Briona and Koriona, who was 2 1/2 at the time. Tyesha was loved by every one; she is very much missed in our family.

I don’t want any other family to go through what my family has. Gun violence is very devastating. We must make better laws and enforce the ones we have. Tyesha’s bright green eyes will not be dimmed by her murder and her voice will be heard… Tyesha was a beautiful glamour girl. She loved life. She loved family, and this is what I think got her killed for not leaving sooner. I Wear Orange in memory of Tyesha and many others who are killed with guns every day…

If you know some one who is in a domestic violence relationship, please share the Domestic Violence hotline number, 1-800-799-7233. This is nationwide…

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