Posted: Oct 6, 2013 11:25 PM
Updated: Oct 7, 2013 10:32 AM
CORPUS CHRISTI - We all know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, but this month also marks Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention.
This week, the Women's Shelter of South Texas is hoping you'll go purple and one mom who lost her only daughter to domestic violence is sharing her daughter's story to spread awareness.
"A tee shirt, and I keep these things just kind of put up," said Tammy Willett as she held on to the few things that reminds her of her daughter.
Brandi Kubos died 3 years ago on Thanksgiving night.
Her on-again-off-again boyfriend, Robert Leer, shot and killed Brandi after a night at the bar in La Grange, Texas.
"Robert took his truck and drove it into his house. When that didn't kill him he took Brandi's body out of the truck, laid her in the house, set the house on fire, and then laid on top of her and shot himself," Tammy said, describing the terrible night that would forever change her life. It is the first time she ever knew of any abuse, she believes it's the first time Robert ever physically hurt Brandi. It was not until after her daughter's tragic death that friends started speaking up.
"There were unhealthy things in the relationship," Willett said, "cater with me or do for me or else I'm going to get angry." She says friends talked about how he tried to control her. Even at the bar, the night they both died, people saw warning signs. Relatives and workers saw the couple arguing, but no one stepped in to stop it.
"People thought oh its none of our business," said Willett, "but, we need to make it our business, it is."
Now, as she clings to what little is left of Brandi, Willett wears purple in support of stopping domestic violence and encourages anyone in that situation to leave.
"You need to be very safe about leaving but get out, don't sit and wait and think that you can fix this situation because Brandi thought she could leave tomorrow and her tomorrow never came," Willett said.
She also wants people to share her story, hoping it helps spark conversation that could really save lives.
"Speaking out against domestic violence, its never going to bring Brandi back, but my hope is, that it will save somebody else's Brandi," Willett said.
The Women's Shelter of South Texas will be celebrating Go Purple week this next week. To find out more about the warning signs of abuse, or, if you need help leaving an abusive relationship, call the Women's Shelter of South Texas at 884-2900.
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