DeSoto, Duncanville rally around domestic violence survivor

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by JOBIN PANICKER

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WFAA

Posted on October 19, 2013 at 10:53 PM

Updated Saturday, Oct 19 at 11:34 PM

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DUNCANVILLE — It’s been more than two months since Storm Malone has seen most of the people gathered for him at Armstrong Park and Kidsville in Duncanville.

The teen arrived in a wheelchair and with a sling on one arm. Family members and friends came over one-by-one to greet him and wish him well.

"We have 'Storm' on the side of our helmets, and every time we play we think about him," said a football player for Duncanville High School. Team members presented the 14-year-old with a jersey from when he was in middle school.

Storm was critically injured in August when his mother, his sister, and two others were slain in a domestic violence rampage.

So Saturday's gathering wasn't just for Storm — it's calling for an end to domestic violence.

“This is to bring awareness to the community so we can get a safe place for victims of domestic violence,” said an event organizer.

Organizers are pushing for a shelter for women who feel they are in danger. Former NFL player Chris Johnson attended the event, and still remembers the moment he learned his sister was killed by a boyfriend in Fort Worth.

“People don’t look at it until something happens to your loved one," he said. "It's too late then, and you can’t bring them back."

In the same way, Toya Smith and Tasmia Allen will not come back, and neither will Zina Bowser or Niema Williams. All four were victims in a deadly rampage on August 7 involving Erbie Bowser, who is now now facing capital murder charges.

But if these people have anything to do with it, the message will not die.

“We want all women to know that they can get out of any domestic violence situation,” said an organizer.

Storm Malone still has a lot rehabilitation ahead, but if Saturday’s gathering is any indication of his support system, he is well taken care of.

Are you a victim of domestic violence or do you know someone who is? Click here for essential information about how to get confidential help right away.

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