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Littlefield women hope to tackle serious issues facing community

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LITTLEFIELD, Texas -

Lets talk, that's the theme of a meeting in Littlefield, Texas hoping to tackle the serious issues facing community members. 

One of those, domestic violence. It affect one in three Texans and it comes in many different forms; excessive jealousy, controlling behavior, violence, and financial abuse. 

In 2016, 146 women were killed by a male, intimate partner. In 2012 one of those killed was 24-year-old and mother of two Ashley Perea.

"My grand daughter came over about 6:30 in the morning and told us that Eddy had shot her mom," said Ashley's mother, Anita Perea.

She said she did not know that Ashley's boyfriend, Eduardo Ortega would take her daughter's life.

"I didn't see any signs or anything," she said. "The only thing is, I heard from other people what was kind of sorta going on in the relationship like that he had hit her before but but I didn't know, for myself to see it."

What she did see, the lifeless body of her daughter in her bedroom.

"I called 911 after I tried to wake her up and just told them that somebody had shot my daughter."

Angry and heartbroken she now tells this story in hopes someone will listen.

"Maybe it will help somebody out there, you know, who's struggling with the same things."

It is the same goal the ladies behind Lets Talk are hoping for.

"These ladies as first responders see first hand what's happening on these streets and so we got together on some what we consider hot topics that are going on, human trafficking, domestic violence, drinking and driving and we wanted the community to be aware and join forces as a community and see what's going on and let's make it better," said organizer Lori Zinn.

Zinn hopes this meeting opens a door to conversation about the problems facing the small community of Littlefield  and provide the tools to protect yourself from violent relationships.

"If we can save one person then we've done our job," she said.

As far as what to do if you are in a bad situation, Anita said to leave.

"Get out. There's lots of help out there."

As Anita mentioned there is help, you can reach out to Women's Protective Services or call the Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−7233.


 

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