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Police blame domestic violence for recent Charlotte homicide

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CHARLOTTE — Police say domestic violence is to blame for three small children left to grow up without a mother.

Shakendra Covington was found shot to death, along with her boyfriend Derrick Teasley last Wednesday. Police are not searching for any suspects.

22-year old Shakendra Covington is the latest victim of what police believe is deadly domestic violence shooting. Charlotte Mecklenburg Police say she was found shot to death, along with her boyfriend Derrick Teasley. And they aren't looking for any suspects.

"She never told me about no abuse. She was always happy with him. That's why I couldn't believe he'd done something like that,” said Convington's mother, Teresa Hall.

Hall said her three small children were home when she died. Shamaya, Iyona, and Rashon all under four, are now left to be raised by family.

The Domestic Violence Advisory Council said domestic violence impacts someone every fifteen seconds. And chances are, it's not just the victim feeling it.

"It does have a domino effect. It reaches obviously the children and the rest of the family members,” said Council Co Chair, Lissette Torres.

The advisory council marched through Uptown Charlotte Thursday, marking the first domestic violence related homicide of the year. The group holds the march to raise awareness.

Hall recalls the last time she talked to her daughter.

"She called me and she told me that she loved me. And I told her the same thing. Those were the last words my baby said to me,” said Hall.

Covington's family wants to start a foundation in her honor. For more information on the Shakendra Memorial Foundation, contact her mother Teresa at 704-232-3610 or her aunt Regina at 704-790-9416.

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