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Vigil held for slain mother, domestic violence victim

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AVONDALE, Ariz. -

A junior high school graduation ended with a murder in a parking lot. Wednesday night, the woman who was gunned down was remembered by family and friends.

A candlelight vigil was held at Westview High School in Avondale.

Family members are remembering 33-year-old Takesha Barnes. Police say Barnes was killed as she tried to flee from her ex-boyfriend.

She was planning to attend her daughter's 8th grade graduation when she was shot to death in her car in the school parking lot.

Police say her estranged boyfriend, 38-year-old Thomas Moton, fired at her through her car several times.

The next day, Moton was arrested for first degree murder.

"I think she would be very happy, if it was for someone else, and she was here with us, I think she'd be very happy that we thought of something like this," says niece Jamonie Red.

Family members say she was trying to get out of an abusive relationship. The victim and suspect had two children together.

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