Victim's mother hoping to save a life
Wed, 10 Apr 2013 04:16:52 GMT —
Daisy Ratliff tried to get her daughter, Nora Lisa, away from her husband Miguel Angel Garcia after she feared the man was abusive.
"She said he had started drinking and that he turned into a monster when he drank. I told her she could move with me."
Nora, a devout Jehovah's Witness, didn't want to break up her family.
"She said she wanted to wait for him."
Still, last spring, she separated from her husband and it seemed from conversations with her mom in North Texas that everything was going fine.
"She said she was good."
It was far from the truth.
On May 23, 2012, Nora was at her Alton home making dinner for her then 11-year-old daughter when Miguel showed up.
"She told her daughter to lock herself in the room. He broke the window with a shotgun."
Nora then made a run for it across the street seeking help from neighbors.
Her daughter came outside to plead with her father to spare her mother's life.
"She screamed and begged him don't do it dad."
Seconds later, he fired a single shot striking Nora in the back.
"My granddaughter says Nora fell down and just lifted her head and looked up at her."
Daisy has since moved to the Valley to care for her granddaughters after their father was caught and sentenced to 40 years behind bars for the heinous murder.
She rallies against domestic violence, volunteering her time at a local family crisis center and spreading the word "don't cover up".
"If I had known I would have gone to police. I would have taken her out of there. I haven't talked about it because I didn't want to face it but today I saw her picture and it hit me. It's real and she's gone."
Daisy couldn't save her daughter's life, but she vows to work every day to save the lives of other women in Nora's position.
"She loved God, was a great mother, daughter, wife and my best friend. I want people to know who she was."
Daisy is hosting the Remember Nora Walk-A-Thon this June 8th at the resaca in San Benito from 8am to noon.
Money raised will go to the Family Crisis Center and Crime Victims Compensation Program.
Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined.
Every day in the US, more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends.
Get help now. Call the National Domestic Abuse hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE or the local Family Crisis Center at 1-866-423-9304.