Several shots were fired at a Louisiana woman as she was leaving work on Friday before the assailant turned the pistol on himself in what the cops are describing as a “domestic violence situation.”
According to police, Ashley Yates, 35, was found on June 30 at around 8:00 p.m. outside a store in Westport Village in Graymoor-Devondale.
Robert Schroeder, the chief of police in Lyndon, states, “When we found her, she was being treated by some civilians for her gunshot wounds.”
Ashley was taken to the University of Louisville Hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries.
Schroeder described the killing as a “domestic violence situation.”
Ashley “had every reason to leave the person who did this, and her life was threatened before,” the victim’s brother Andrew Thompson told WHAS11, “but she was stuck in a cycle and kept going back to this individual.”
The suspect “knew where she was going to be and what time she was going to get off, and he waited for her,” according to Thompson, WHAS11 said. I believe she is in heaven, and he will have to answer to the same God for what he did.
According to police, the unnamed suspect killed himself on Saturday.
According to a statement obtained by PEOPLE from the Louisville Metropolitan Police Department, “We believe the suspect from the murder of Ashley Yates committed suicide Saturday evening.” “Our case is over due to the offender’s death.”
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To help with Ashley’s funeral costs, a GoFundMe page has been set up.
She was praised for having a “beautiful soul” and being “big on her faith.”
The fundraising website states, “She was always talking about her walk with Christ.” She even stated, “Every day is a gift from God; that’s why we call it the present,” at the top of her Facebook profile. She has demonstrated the value of time and life on our earth. Because there is no guarantee of tomorrow, she made the most of each day. She made an extra effort to make others smile and laugh. She had a fiery passion for love. Because of our memories of her, we have all learned to smile despite our loss. We will never forget her presence here. We are happy that we shall one day be reunited because she is now our angel.”
According to Thompson, Ashley was his strongest supporter.
He continued in many ways, “That was my best friend. She would come to my stand-up comedy shows, and we would frequently get into mischief together. She was my staunchest ally and had faith in me. She inspired everyone since she was beautiful, friendly to everyone, and kind.”
Schroeder claims that he advises victims of domestic violence to seek help.
“From a police standpoint, we see a lot of domestic violence situations in the community. We certainly encourage anyone who is a victim of domestic violence or suspects they may become a victim of domestic violence to reach out to the police or any of the many agencies that would be happy to assist them,” he says.
It serves as a reminder that anything may happen anywhere, even if that kind of incident was unusual for this neighborhood and that retail mall. And as a species, we must revert to respecting and defending one another rather than resorting to violence.
If you are a victim of domestic violence, contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or go online at thehotline.org. Calls are completely free and private. It is possible to reach the helpline 24/7 in more than 170 languages.