MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Sometimes victims do everything right, yet their lives still end in tragedy.
Kenya Baskin was a young mother who was murdered, even though she did everything in her power to protect herself from an enraged ex-boyfriend.
FOX13 uncovered a series of police reports and court cases documenting Kenya’s fight for survival and jail records that show how the suspect was able to walk free and attack repeatedly.
Police say 27-year-old Corey Lurry, Kenya’s ex-boyfriend, killed both her and her friend Jeramy Edwards, who was trying to protect her.
“She was fun to be around. Jeramy was too. It was like both of them together, there was never a dull moment,” Tamika Baskin, Kenya’s sister-in-law, said.
Full of life and a smile that could light up any room, Kenya was a young mother with a passion for life and a future full of promise.
“It just still seems unreal that Kenya and Jeramy are gone,” Tamika said.
A FOX 13 investigation uncovered police records that detail a pattern of abuse and attempts by Kenya to protect herself from Lurry.
“She would call the police; she would file the police report. She got the restraining order; it was granted. It was like he didn’t care,” Tamika said.
FOX 13 investigators found police reports starting on Oct. 15.
They say Lurry broke into Kenya’s home, threw her to the ground, and ripped out her hair.
The report reads there’s a “visible area of missing hair from the top of her head.”
Seven hours later that same day, Kenya saw Lurry hit and kick her car.
Pictures show a smashed windshield, side windows, sunroof, damaged door handles, headlights, taillights, and slashed tires.
The police report says the destruction totaled around $15,000 in damage.
“He had stole her car, he had vandalized her car, he came and kicked her door in,” Tamika said.
On Nov. 19, records say Lurry stole her car.
Despite the violence, he was not charged with either of those cases until Dec. 1.
A day later, on Dec. 2, Lurry bonded out of jail. Four days after he was set free, police records say he went back to Kenya’s home twice.
First, records say Lurry broke into Kenya’s home around midnight and attacked her.
Her friend, Jeramy Edwards, tried to intervene but fell to the floor as Lurry pulled her outside.
Police records say Lurry threatened to kill her and tried forcing her into his trunk. He left when Kenya said she was calling the police.
Hours later, police got a report about gunshots, and officers found both Kenya and Jeramy dead inside the home.
Lurry was arrested and is now facing murder charges.
“Kenya and Jeramy lost their life. Corey is in jail. The children don’t have parents. Nobody wins in this situation,” Tamika said.
This isn’t the first domestic violence case FOX 13 uncovered against Lurry.
In 2017, another woman accused Lurry of kicking in her door and choking her.
Now, Tamika is questioning if more could have been done to protect her sister-in-law.
“He wasn’t supposed to contact Kenya. He wasn’t supposed to go around her. At that point, they should have put an ankle monitor on him once he went to jail to monitor his every move,” she said.
Unfortunately, Kenya’s situation isn’t uncommon. About 50 to 75% of domestic abuse homicides occur after a couple separates.
That’s why Gwen Turner, a domestic abuse survivor and advocate in Memphis, said while getting out of an abusive relationship is the goal, having a safety plan in place first is even more important.
“Start preparing, especially if you have children,” she said. “Start making copies of their birth certificates and social security numbers, all the things you know you’re going to need to start a new life again.”
Turner said it’s also important for other people to recognize the signs of domestic abuse and to support victims who come forward.
“If they start acting strange, making other decisions, stop being with their friends, even if they dress differently, that’s a discussion you may want to have,” she said.
Recognizing these signs could help to save a life.
Though it’s too late for Kenya, Tamika said her memory will live on.
Now, she hopes Kenya’s abuser will pay so she and Kenya’s three children can have closure.
“At the end of the day, I’m just glad the children will get some form of justice. I mean, so justice will be served,” Tamika said.
Lurry faces charges of first-degree murder, aggravated burglary, aggravated assault, domestic assault and being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun.
He’s being held without bond.
If you or someone you know needs help to get out of an abusive relationship or to get away from an abuser, there are several resources you can reach out to, including the Family Safety Center and the Memphis Area Women’s Council.
Their services are free and confidential.
The number for the National Domestic Abuse Hotline is 800-799-7233.
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