Unexpected domestic violence takes lives of two mothers - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Unexpected domestic violence takes lives of two mothers

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Darnesha Qualls (SOURCE: Family) Darnesha Qualls (SOURCE: Family)
Camille Thompson (SOURCE: Family) Camille Thompson (SOURCE: Family)
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In two separate cases, Mid-South mothers were killed by the father of their children. Family and friends in both cases said they are shocked by the tragic deaths.

"A genuine, loving friend, mother," friend Kentoria Moment said. 

Darnesha Qualls, mother of a 5-year-old daughter, is gone too soon.

Qualls is remembered by loved ones as not only a loving mother, but a friend to many, and girlfriend to her high school sweetheart.

"Everything, anything, they did it together," Moment said.

Friends said Qualls and the father of her child, Kadarrin Johnson, 22, had just moved into their home on Sun Ridge Cove two months ago.

However, early Tuesday morning their living room became a crime scene.

Police said Johnson opened fire with an assault rifle, hitting Qualls and sending other witnesses running for cover.

It's the first time close friends said they recall Johnson ever being violent.

"The devil defeated him," Moment said. "It wasn't, they weren't a couple who fought or anything like that."

Just like in this case, another family is left heartbroken and grieving.

Family members of Camille Thompson said her death came as a surprise as well. 

Thompson was the victim of a murder/suicide after her husband, Johntate Thompson, shot her while she was taking her children to school in Bolivar, TN.

While friends and family come together to raise money and awareness, they also want to send a message.

"Look for warnings," Moment said. "If your family members or friends are stressed out, crying, or something, try to get involved more."

The friends of Darneshah Qualls are holding a car wash fundraiser Saturday at 8 a.m. They have also set up a GoFundMe page to help cover funeral cost.

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