MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The family of a woman gunned down at an Amazon facility in Horn Lake shared the hurt they feel from losing a loved one who meant so much.
44-year-old Ebony Crockett, of Marked Tree, Arkansas, lost her life Friday after allegedly being shot to death by her ex-boyfriend, 45-year-old Corey Brewer, officials said.
Relatives met Tuesday with FOX13 at their family church, where their father Larry Crockett, Sr. serves as Senior Pastor. The close-knit family acknowledges Ebony’s presence will be greatly missed.
Now her siblings are left with questions about how this could have happened to their beloved sister.
“How did he even get there? Why was he constantly coming to her job? Why no one knew about it? He was fired, how is he still allowed on the premises,” questioned Ebony’s younger brother Titus Crockett.
According to police, Brewer approached Crockett in the Amazon parking lot where she worked Friday afternoon.
Police say he then shot her and fled the scene.
Ebony had a protective order that was served to Brewer the day before her life was taken.
According to the document issued by the Poinsett County District Court in Marked Tree, Arkansas, the “No Contact Order” was drawn up for 3rd Degree Stalking and was issued May 9th and served June 2nd.
“He constantly came down to her house daily, knocking on the door, beating on the door, leaving items there, leaving letters, very weird,” said Titus Crockett.
Ebony was described by her family and close friends as a good person with a heart of gold, who was all about family. “
She was a good girl, and she didn’t deserve that, the way she went out,” said her younger sister Ivory Crockett. “She didn’t deserve this.”
Executive Director of the YWCA of Greater Memphis, Marquiepta Odom, said it’s necessary to be aware of the red flags.
“Those are in some cases, the beginning steps of stalking, or manipulation, domination and control,” Odom said. “That offender or perpetrator begins to feel they have lost control. One of the biggest things is isolation. Every time you mention something that you would like to do outside of them, without them involved then it’s, ‘I was going to take you to dinner; I just want us to spend a quiet night at home,’” said Odom.
She adds that these are signs that it’s time to re-evaluate.
Odom said community organizations like the YWCA provide resources for those who feel stuck in abusive situations, as well as an action plan. “Take some time off of work; stay at the domestic violence shelter more.”
In the wake of such a devastating loss, the Crockett’s say they want others to recognize the signs of abuse, while they also leave a message for the public.
“Speak out, talk to somebody, a trusted friend,” said Ivory Crockett. “Just make people more aware of what’s going on, people around you, so they can be on the lookout for you.”
The family is still awaiting results from an autopsy report.
They told FOX13 they do plan to hold Ebony’s memorial service at the family’s church, Living Water Ministries in Marked Tree.
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