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October is Domestic Violence Awareness month, and one Crossroads mother is sharing her story to help others.
Newscenter 25's David Gibson sat down with the mother and tells us about this touching tale.
Andrea strait says Domestic Violence Awareness month means a lot to her now because she lost her daughter back in 2016.
Andrea Strait remembers her daughter D'metra every day when she reads the words on the wall in her hallway.
"All I have is memories and your picture in a frame," says Andrea Strait.
D'metra Strait was leaving home after giving her boyfriend their children on Christmas day in 2016 when he shot and killed her.
D'metra's parents were leaving Cuero to go visit family when their youngest daughter called them saying D'metra was shot.
After hearing the devastating news, they rushed back to the house to try and see her again. Police had already blocked off the scene.
"They still wouldn't let me get to the vehicle and i was like Officer Keeker please. He said Mrs. Strait its too late," tells Strait. "I was like can i just hold her and he said no i don't want you to see her like this."
Quentin Darks sped off after killing D'metra and was driving 120 mph before flipping and crashing the car with their children inside.
Mrs. Strait says the children only suffered scrapes, but her grandson told her his mom was looking over them.
"He said I wasn't scared, and the police officers said you weren't scared at all, and he said no my mommy was sitting in the middle of us and she was holding us back," adds Strait.  "So we knew at that time D'metra was there protecting her boys."
For some women the signs are clear-- but strait says although there are many forms of abuse, she didn't see any physical harm.
"I did not see any type of physical signs of domestic violence at all," explains Strait. "But once again she was protecting us, D'metra always put others before herself, because she had such a big heart."
Strait says she wants to put together an event to keep her daughter's name alive in October 2019.
"I want to do a walk to raise money for the local shelter which would be in Victoria," says Strait. "So maybe we can combine Victoria and Cuero together and do a walk in D'metra's memory."

I asked Strait, what advice would you give other women that are going through the same situation that your daughter went through?
Strait says "get out of the situation and talk to someone. Don't be silent, don't think you're protecting your family. Get out of the situation, I cant stress that enough," exclaims Strait.
Quentin Darks was convicted of murder and sentenced to 60 years in prison. Strait wants to know why Darks did this to her daughter but she continues to raise awareness in hopes of saving another woman's life.
 
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