Family member of shooting victim speaks out; "We are going to get through this"
POSTED: Sunday, June 15, 2014 - 4:45pm
UPDATED: Monday, June 16, 2014 - 12:18am
TYLER, TEXAS (KETK) — Angela Lilly was faced with the terrible news that her cousin, Chanda Martin, 38, had been shot and killed early Sunday morning in Longview.
Police say Martin was killed, along with her friend Kim Rayson, 36, by Christopher Roberts, 29, at a home in the 300 block of Thelma Street.
"I can't question God," Lilly says. "But we are going to get through this. We're going to get through this together.
"It's just hard to believe right now she's not here. It's just really hard," said Lilly.
Lilly was just with her cousin on Saturday, at a "Stop the Violence" campaign.
"We were off in the corner just talking about life and how happy we were and what we've been through, it's just hard to believe she is gone today," said Lilly/
Both Martin and Rayson were strong advocates for that movement.
"Gospel in the Lawn yesterday, stop the violence, that's what it was about stopping the violence, and both of them are gone today you know, it's just sad it really is."
Martin leaves two little girls behind.
"We're all out here trying to sort this puzzle out," said Lilly.
"This is a quiet neighborhood, quiet street, nice neighbors, I mean we're here for each other you know, when we need to be and I just hate how this has happened. It's really tragic. I just feel bad for her kids," said Martin's neighbor Wilma Morgan.
Morgan said she heard the gun shots and thought they were firecrackers.
"I knew they were gun shots when he moved his truck and sped off and I saw a body."
She remembers Martin being a friendly neighbor, and can't believe she's gone.
"It's not a happy Father's day, I don't know, it's just a tragic day," said Morgan.
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Lilly is planning a memorial for Martin. Stay updated here on KETK.