Family speaks out against domestic violence after losing a loved - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Family speaks out against domestic violence after losing a loved one

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Crystal Weathers (Source: Family) Crystal Weathers (Source: Family)

Relatives of Crystal Weathers spent the weekend talking about the Mid-South mother's tragic death after her battle with domestic violence.

A candlelight vigil was held for Weathers Saturday night. Relatives and friends described the 29-year-old's relationship with Windal Edwards as volatile.

"It's like he didn't love her, but he didn't want anybody else to love her, and he didn't want her to be happy," niece Chinika Hill said.

Relatives said the couple had a 3-year-old child together and were raising Weathers' 5- and 11-year-olds. They said the youngest two were in the home Wednesday morning when she was shot and killed.

"I just really can't believe it, but I know that she is gone, and I know that she was in an abusive relationship," aunt Margaret Holland said.

Relatives who had been involved in similar domestic violence relationships and knew the dangers said they tried to encourage Weathers to get out of the relationship, but she was in love.

They said she ignored the warning signs that convinced them to get away from the abuse.

Now, they are speaking up, desperate to convince others that domestic violence relationships do not get better. They get worse.

"The only thing I got to say to the girls is if you are living in an abusive relationship,  get out before it's too late," Holland said. "If you have to leave with nothing but the clothes on your back, go."

The family said they are on a mission to take care of Weathers' three children and use their own personal experiences to warn others about domestic violence.

"It was me, but I am a conqueror, and I made it out and I thank God for it," Dominique Weathers said.

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