Stepdaughter speaks out after sister is killed by stepfather

Memphis Police said they responded to more that 51,000 domestic disturbance calls for 2019

WATCH: Stepdaughter speaks out after sister is killed by stepfather

MEMPHIS, Tenn — The daughter of a Berclair woman said an argument may have led to her stepfather killing his stepdaughter and stabbing his wife.

The family said the wife has talked and in stable condition at Regional One Hospital but may never be able to move her hands again.

FOX13’s Siobhan Riley explains this comes less than two weeks after Memphis Police said they responded to more than 51,000 domestic disturbance calls last year.

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“I’d tell her how much I love her and how much I wish I could have been there for her and could have helped her and she’s in a far better place than we are right now,” said Mackenzie Howard.

Mackenzie Howard talked about the death of her sister, 18-year-old Sierra Howard.

Memphis Police said her stepfather, Ledis Sanchez stabbed Sierra to death over the weekend.

Sanchez was also accused of stabbing his wife.

Police said it happened in the 3800 block of Vernon Ave., where the family said Sanchez he was going to move out but returned home.

“We have no clue,” she said. “The only thing that we can think of is Valentine’s Day. My mother asked for a single rose.

“That’s all she wanted, and he came home, and he didn’t have anything for her. They had gotten into an argument.”

Mackenzie wants people to learn something from this.

Most of the 911 calls Memphis Police received last year were for domestic disturbance. 51,530 calls in 2019.

“Don’t be afraid to reach out to anybody,” she said. “There’s plenty of ways you can get a hold of someone or get someone or someway of version of help, just don’t be scared.”

Mackenzie said her stepfather never showed any signs of abuse until the night he came back home, went into the room got a machete and said he was going to kill his wife.

Marquiepta Odom, who’s the executive director of the YWCA, said usually the signs are there, but victims don’t tell their families.

“Little subtle things that we may not pay attention to, but for me I remember the signs were when I was in my domestic violence situation,” Odom said. “We were talking one day, he just started girl you know I’ll love you so much that I’ll love you to death.”

The YWCA said they’re starting to see an increase in Latino domestic violence victims, like Mackenzie’s mother, who has a fractured skull, injured arms and hands.

The organization is addressing this problem by using its outreach advocates to go into schools, beauty salons and community centers to reach out to victims and their children.