BIRMINGHAM, ALA.(WIAT) — YWCA Central Alabama said in the past six weeks, at least six people, including two unborn babies, were killed in domestic violence incidents in the metro-Birmingham area. The organization hosted a Black Out Domestic Violence Rally Monday, May 2, 2016 at noon in Linn Park. Participants wore black in memory of those who have lost their lives to this senseless crime.
One of the victims killed was Nakia Harris. Her mother Lakeisha wore a t-shirt of her and her daughter at the rally.
“This is my daughter we took this on Valentine’s Day. We went out to eat on Valentine’s Day, as you can see she was pregnant with Zion. It says a bond that can never be broken,” said Harris.
Nakia Harris was seven months pregnant when she was shot to death March 21, 2016 inside her home in Ensley. Her boyfriend Joshua Watson is charged with her murder.
“She was getting ready to graduate, she wanted to be a dental assistant. She had plans to move to Florida. She was very focused in everything she did, she was working since she was 16,” said Harris.
People at the rally held signs with startling statistics including each day three woman die nationwide from domestic violence. Other victims in the Birmingham area include Melinda Searight and Jody Watson.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s office said Watson was shot in the back by her boyfriend, Jeremy Hardin. It happened in their Pinson home April 7, 2016. Watson’s two young children were home at the time.
Two weeks later, Irondale police said Melinda Searight was shot and killed in her bedroom. Her teenage daughters found her body. Searight’s boyfriend, Anthony Kelly, is charged with her murder.
Jerica Wallace said her best friend Brittaney Owens was killed in a domestic violence incident in Trussville.
“She was someone who was dear to me and it does not seem real to me she is not here,” said Wallace.
If you are victim there are resources.
24-Hour YWCA Domestic Violence Crisis Hotline 205-322-4878, Statewide Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-650-6522, Nationwide Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233