Teen uses dance video to bring awareness to domestic violence

Updated: Dec. 16, 2016 at 10:44 PM EST
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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Two days after 23-year-old Nishae Samms was found stabbed to death in her Chesterfield home, 17-year-old Kayla Jones created a dance and video to raise awareness about domestic violence.

"I miss her, I love her very dearly and I know it didn't have to be this way," said Jones.

Police say Samms was killed by 23-year-old Tevin McGougan in November. McGougan is still on the run, and police have recently taken to social media, urging the community to help find him.

Samms leaves behind a young daughter, now being raised by family and friends.

"She was smart, she was talented, she was strong, she was strong in everything that she did," Jones said, describing Samms.

Samms was more than a friend, much like a sister to Jones, which is the reason she wanted to continue to tell Samms story through dance, hoping it could create conversation about domestic violence, and advocacy for those who suffer.

Jones is training to be a professional dancer in New York, and telling stories through dance is her passion. After Samms death, sh  gathered friends to choreograph and film a dance portraying the struggles in a domestic violence situation.

"We have a theme for Shae, which is "no more secrets," said Jones. "In domestic violence a lot of it is secrets."

Jones says she is grateful her friends were willing to collaborate and help tell a story that hits close to home. The positive responses she has gotten from the video continue to fuel a new-found passion.

"I want to raise some type of awareness and definitely get more involved in that field, and that could just be dancing," Jones said. "Just keep sharing different type of videos."

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