Family of woman killed by husband gives warning to domestic violence victims

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A family whose loved one was killed by her estranged husband more than a year ago is warning victims of domestic violence to get out before it’s too late.

This advice is coming on the first day of Domestic Violence Awareness month.

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Latarica Stripling was 32-years-old when she was shot and killed in front of her eight and three-year-old girls.

She left behind three children who will never know what it’s like to grow up with their mother.

April 25, 2019, is a painful memory for Tyraun Stripling and his family. 

He and his loved ones were out of town when his eight-year-old niece gave them unexpected news.

“It was around 11 p.m. that we got a call from my niece," Stripling said. "She was screaming and hollering that her mom had been killed and she told us who did it.”

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The Stripling family said Latarica tried to leave her husband before she was gunned down outside her home in downtown Memphis. 

Family members told us her estranged husband Michael McKinney’s last words to her were “I told you I was going to kill you.”

“The signs were there," Stripling said. "My sister, she did everything that she could to get away.”

The executive director of the YWCA said domestic violence cases are even higher right now because victims haven’t been able to leave their homes during the pandemic.  Their children can’t report it because they’re not in the classrooms.  Stripling’s advice for those victims is this.

“Do what’s best for you and what’s best for you is saving your own life, talking to somebody, call somebody, tell them what’s going on, speaking to someone, don’t feel like you’re the only one going through this, there are thousands, millions going through the same thing as you,” Stripling added.

The Stripling family is hosting a domestic violence webinar the 3rd week in October made up of three panelists.  

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