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EXCLUSIVE: Close friend of Ashley Seal speaks out


PRINCETON, WV (WVVA) For most people your wedding day is the best day of your life. But friends of Ashley Seal are saying it was more like a nightmare. After marrying Douglas Martin at the Mercer County courthouse on June 15, 2015, her friends never expected to get a phone call saying she was dead.

“Oh they were ecstatic,” says Holy Order of Sister Alaina Damewood. “They were extremely excited about starting their life together."

On the morning of June 15th, Damewood helped her friend Ashley Seal get ready for her wedding. She says although both Ashley and Douglas Martin were nervous, they could not have been happier. Which is why the next phone call she received was so shocking.

"Her husband [Douglas Martin] was calling me and telling me this and I was like 'You've got to be kidding me,'” says Damewood. “He was like no Alaina she's dead."

Damewood says she did not know how to react.

"When I got that phone call I was completely in shock,” says Damewood. “The first thoughts that came to my head was Jessie finally lost it with a female."

Damewood says Jessie Seal had been violent before, but only with men. She never expected him to attack a woman, especially his ex-wife. All Damewood could do was try to comfort Ashley's mourning husband.

"Doug went from it being the happiest day of his life to it being his worst nightmare,” says Damewood. “Losing the woman that he had just gotten married to on the same day they got married."

Damewood told us that both families are still shocked over the situation. Her friends plan on hosting a music night soon to honor and remember Ashley.

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