Mother and child domestic violence survivors

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - When tragedy strikes, family and friends rally to help. But, for the Evans family it takes a community to give them a new start.

The mother was shot 10 times by her husband, a little league coach, who also shot his daughter 6 times before killing himself.

Abdul Evans went into a rage because he thought his daughter told her mother about the years he had been sexually molesting her.

Now, it's a new day. The survivors asked for help furnishing their new apartment and many of you responded.

"I just want everybody to come out of that. Whoever's going through domestic violence, come out, because this is the result you see," said Davonda Evans.

Bullets left scars and one even damaged her vocal cord. But, today the 18-year-old is using her healing voice to encourage abuse victims and to thank strangers for all their help.

Once again, Andre Neita of Professional Moving and Storage answered our call. He and friends picked up items that 12 viewers donated, adding them to furniture he had stored in his warehouse. The furniture delivery was like none other.

August 28th, the day after Hurricane Irene, is when their home was turned into a bloody crime scene. They left everything there. Mother and daughter are learning to live violence-free and Davonda wants no reminders.

"The color of the furniture is way different from the old furniture. So, it helps us not think of the past," said Davonda. "It's amazing. We always had regular furniture. This furniture is like, it's like 'wow', and plus with a new beginning, it's even more 'wow' like, I'm just happy."

The Mattress Place donated two new mattress sets worth $1,500 each. A viewer donated one bed frame, and Andre Neita bought the other. The mattresses will help them sleep better. They're in need and extremely appreciative.

"We couldn't have done this on our own. I left everything in our old house. I didn't want to bring no memories," said Andrea Evans. "I am so grateful and thankful."

If you'd like to help, you can make a donation at any Wells Fargo bank. Just ask for "It'z a new day - Andrea Evans fund."

If you have home furnishings the Evans can use, contact the support group, "It'z a new day" at 804-641-5224.

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