Mother of girl killed in murder-suicide steps up against violence

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by Matt Doyle

Milwaukee --  "It hurts because I miss my baby," Kavina Wallace said.

Wallace lost her six-year-old daughter Jakyla Sunday in a murder suicide.  All at the hands of her live-in boyfriend and Jakyla's father - Jeramie King.

"I have no feelings right now," Wallace said.  "I don't know how to feel."

As she slowly begins to move forward, she wants others to hear her message.

"Domestic violence. That's not something that anybody want to be in."

Wallace was in that situation. 

She went to police to report abuse against King - that's when he killed Jakyla and himself.

"If I can talk to women that are in my situation, to let them know that they don't have to go through this. They have to open up to tell somebody."

Wallace joined the Voices Against Violence Coalition to spread the message across Milwaukee.

"We are here to save our children," Sandra Robinson said.   "We want our people to stop. Stop the violence. Our kids is our future."

Tracey Dent helped set up today's march.  He says people need to speak up in their own neighborhoods.

"Violence has no color," Dent said.  "Violence affects everyone.  If you think that it doesn't, you're wrong."

For Wallace, it's part of a long healing process.

"Just to support the community. Just to stop the violence, it needs to stop. Put the guns down. It's not worth it."

The Jakyla King benefit fund is set up at Educators Credit Union.  Her funeral is set for Tuesday in Milwaukee.

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