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Family remembers loved one killed in domestic violence incident

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New numbers from the National Domestic Violence Hotline show just last year, nearly 70% of its calls from Nevada came from Las Vegas.

The family of 38-year-old Camilla Williams spoke to News 3 about their recent tragedy.

Police say Williams died last Tuesday in a domestic violence incident near Lake Mead and Brand street.

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“She was just so happy, she was like that with family, friends anyone she met,” said Velanie Williams, Camilla’s sister.

It's Camilla’s smile, her fun personality that Velanie says she misses so much.

Last Tuesday Velanie received a phone call she was never prepared to answer from her mother while she was driving to work.

“I just screamed. I remember screaming and I just had to pull over. I couldn't drive, I couldn't drive,” Velanie said. “I'm sorry, she did not deserve to be killed, she did not deserve to die that way.”

Investigators say 38-year old Ernest Milton Smith Jr. is accused of getting into a physical fight with Camilla. She suffered multiple injuries which ultimately lead to her death.

Kayvon Miller is the oldest of Camilla’s five children.

“What I really do miss is like a hug, though for real a hug from mom's do a lot,” Miller said. “Crying hurts, it's like gasping for air when I cry, and my chest hurts, head hurts. It's like this is a different type of cry.”

He knows his mom's smile; her laugh will forever now just be a memory.

As the family prepares to say their last goodbyes, they're also urging people to speak up against domestic violence.

“This is happening literally every single day here, and we can't, as a community, stand by and let it continue,” Velanie said.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline answers calls 24-7 from people in crisis.

If you or someone you know needs help call 1-800-799-7233.

You can help the family out with funeral expenses by clicking here.


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