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EXCLUSIVE: Family of Kayla Neel speaks out

MONTCALM, WV (WVVA) - A month has passed since the night of December 16th, when Laura and Allen Christian's 20-year-old daughter Kayla Neel was shot in the face.

"We just thought they would separate and everything would be okay. We never thought he would be capable of this," says Christian.

Kayla's mother, Laura Christian says they knew Kayla and Michael had been fighting but they never expected their son-in-law would be so violent.

"When Michael showed up to the house that night we never thought that he would have a gun,” Christian says. “We were pushing him toward the truck to try to get him to leave them alone and I would have never pushed him toward the truck if I knew there was a gun."

Police say Neel shot Kayla in the face. She died December 28th, after fighting for her life for twelve days.

"Kayla fought. She fought a good fight but there was so much damage. And we knew that if there was anyway she could get through this she would for Aubrey," says Christian.

Kayla's family is now taking care of their grand-daughter Aubrey. At the same time, they're trying to find a way to honor Kayla, through a new foundation for domestic violence victims called Kayla's Hope.

"Domestic violence is not something to be played with,” says Kayla's sister Amanda Bailey. “It is not something to sweep under the rug. It is not something we can pray to go away. It's not going to go away."

The family is now hoping the community will come together to help those who are victims.

"We have to band together and stop this. I don't want any other mother or any other father to have to feel what we're feeling," says Christian.

Kayla's family plans on getting Kayla's Hope up and running as soon as possible.

If you or a friend is suffering from domestic violence, you can contact the S.A.F.E. program for help.

The number for their 24-hour cell phone is:


The number for the safe house is:


Transportation can be provide to the safe house if transportation is unavailable to you.

For any other S.A.F.E. questions or concerns you can visit their website atwww.safewv.com

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