CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Flowers and candles stand in tribute Thursday night in memory of Crystal Snipes.
"She fought her whole entire life to be here and then to be taken away," said Crystal's cousin, Lesleigh Byers.
Snipes was born with a hole in her heart, suffered from juvenile diabetes, and survived several heart attacks in her lifetime. She lived through it all, but her life was cut short at 27 and her sons know how mom died.
"He keeps saying 'mommy's not here, mommy's gone' and he knows his dad is the one who took her life," said Crystal's cousin, Leisa Claiborne.
Snipes mother, Denease Kidd hasn't fully grieved yet.
"I still look for her come in the door and it's hard because we're just trying to get everything straight with the boys," said Kidd.
She says the family thought the threatening e-mails to her daughter from Douglas Enroughty was just talk.
"He wanted Crystal, he wanted her back and she told him no, he couldn't take no for an answer, and he always told Crystal if he couldn't have her nobody would," she said.
Two years ago, Snipes tried but was denied a restraining order against her 2-year-old's father. Now the bigger message may be to spread the awareness of domestic violence.
"If she had only known of the other resources," said Patricia Jones-Turner, Chesterfield Domestic & Sexual Violence Resource Center.
The number to the center is (804)-706-1272. The hotline number is (804) 796-3066. The number to the family violence hotline is 1-800-838-8238.