The family of April Charles who was killed in a murder-suicide Thursday in Franklin is honoring her with a candlelight vigil.
“Now my cousin is gone from being shot and the guy ended up killing himself and it hurts.” said her cousin, Celina Charles.
Emotions run high as a family and the community say goodbye to 36 year old April Charles who was killed as result of domestic violence.
“I will really miss her.” said one family member.
“That’s my girl. April pretty much spoke to everybody is going to remember her as a hard working mother.” said Celina Charles.
Chez Hope, the local domestic violence, shelter, says her story is a tragedy but also a cautionary tale
“Why would you wait until you are on your dying bed or wait until it’s late for you to make this life changing revelation. Oh, I should have left a long time ago. You have today. You don’t have to worry to wait until tomorrow.” said Tiffany Morgan who is advocate for Chez Hope.
As everyone tries to heal from the pain of charles’ death, they believe she is at peace
“She told me Evangeline, I want you to pray for me. I turned around I said hey April, how are you. She’s said I’m doing fine but I want you to pray for me because I’m trying to get it right so there’s no need to worry about where she is going because god does have a home prepared for her.” said one of her friends.
Chez Hope offers services throughout St. Mary Parish as well as in Assumption, Iberia and St. Martin Parishes. There are a total of 16 Domestic Violence Programs throughout the state of Louisiana. You can reach us at 337-828-4200 or call the Statewide Domestic Violence Hotline at 888-411-1333