APOPKA, Fla. — Sade Dixon's mother is telling her daughter's story to help others suffering in silence.
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- Stephanie Dixon-Daniels says that domestic violence should not be taboo
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Markeith Loyd is accused of killing Dixon, shooting his pregnant ex-girlfriend in December 2016, on her mother's porch.
Stephanie Dixon-Daniels says her daughter and Loyd were arguing outside of the house when he shot her. She tried to perform CPR, but her daughter was gone.
After her daughter's death, Dixon-Daniels says all she could think was, if her daughter had just told her about the abuse, her daughter's death could have been avoided and a life could have been saved.
Dixon-Daniels was the keynote speaker at a forum called, "A Silent Cry, A Cry NOT Heard," Thursday night at Oasis Church in Apopka. She has become a vocal supporter of empowering victims in abusive relationships to get out and to get help.
"Everybody thinks of domestic violence as being a taboo, so you know there are people out there crying for help, but those cries go unhelped," she said.
The last week in Central Florida shows the prevalence of the issue. Six people were arrested after deputies responded to 14 domestic violence calls in Flagler County from Thursday to Sunday.
In addition, a 30 year-old woman was shot and killed inside an Ocala Walmart Saturday in a domestic dispute.
"The one in Ocala was just shocking," Dixon-Daniels said. "This is in a public place. They were seen on camera arguing. If I was there, I would have stepped in. 'Are you ok?' Those questions need to be asked."
Dixon-Daniels said tragedies like these happen more often than people realize and events like Thursday's forum need to keep happening.
In her daughter's case, Dixon-Daniels said Loyd took all of Sade's money in order to control her.
She said there were physical signs of abuse including bite marks. She suggested looking for bruises and people hiding bruises with clothing, and being aware of emotional signals too, like jealousy, possessive behavior, or alienating from family.
They are all issues she wants people not to be afraid to talk about.