by: Tenikka Smith Updated:
FORT MILL, S.C. - The family of a mother of three who police say was shot and killed by her ex-boyfriend in Fort Mill earlier this year is working to help victims of domestic violence.
Laquinda Green said her family is working hard to honor the memory of her cousin, Jackie Craine, by helping other victims of domestic violence.
"We're piecing everything back together,” Green said. “It was hard because she has three beautiful children."
In January, police said was Craine shot and killed by her ex-boyfriend, James Diago, while sitting in her SUV in the parking lot of her Fort Mill apartment complex. Craine's 16-year-old son was with her and was also wounded, but survived.
"He's coping with the help of counseling and family support," Green said.
The family is also coping by turning their sadness into solutions to help others escape abusive relationships.
They decided to support the Verizon Wireless Hopeline, a domestic violence prevention and awareness program that refurbishes donated cellphones to give to victims, so they can call for help.
Craine's family started their collection of phones and accessories on July 6, her birthday. They set up Hopeline collection boxes in York, Richland, Lancaster, Chester and Mecklenburg counties. In four weeks, they collected 345 cellphones, 167 chargers, 29 battery packs and nearly 60 accessories, like Blue Tooth headsets and cases.
"We want women to be able to go to someone," Green said. "Someone is out there someone is listening -- just call."
The family plans to make the phone collection an annual event and they are also hoping to find other ways to raise money for agencies that support victims of domestic abuse.
"We just want our voices to be heard and we just want it to get out there and maybe we can help someone else,” Green said.
Craine's ex-boyfriend, James Diago, is currently behind bars awaiting trial.
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