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Family of murder victim speaks out

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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -

The family of a Richmond woman killed by her boyfriend last weekend is speaking out.

On Saturday, police swarmed Christina Squire's home on Rusk Avenue. Police say this was a murder-suicide.

Police say the gunman, 38-year-old Clarence Taylor shot his on again off again girlfriend in the head then turned the gun on officers, wounding them, before shooting and killing himself.

Now, days later, Squire's sisters are putting pictures together for a collage to show at her funeral. They affectionately called her "Nina".

Nina's big sister, Stacey Squire-Rodriguez says she was at the scene Saturday desperately praying Nina was still alive.

"It did get really frustrating, and we were angry because we wanted to know, just tell us is she ok," she said.

For many, this murder-suicide may have caught them by surprise but for this family, loved ones knew there was a history of domestic violence between Nina and the man who ultimately took her life.

"(Did he hit her) yes…she had some scratches she tried to hide and some days she didn't seem like she was like herself, don't know if she was sore or from him being physical," she said.

The remaining sisters say they are now on a mission to help raise awareness and help others who may be going through the same thing.

"We're angry about the situation because it could have been avoided, but now we're left with this situation to deal with and it's all about how we deal with it," she said.

The family also has a message for anyone going through abuse.

"There's no need to be embarrassed about it, and in my heart, I just really want to make people aware that this is a big, big problem," she said.

Family members say because of the tear gas inside Nina's home, most of the furniture and belongings to her two teenage children, a boy and a girl were damaged.

They have set up a foundation online: www.christinaslovefoundation.org.

You can make donations on the site or send donations to Monetary Donations at P.O. Box 35189, Richmond, VA.

Also, a Richmond church - the ROC - will hold a prayer vigil this Sunday at five for Christina -- it's open to the community.

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