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Loved ones still fighting for justice, one year after Kayla Fannon murder

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One year ago, Valentine's Day in the River City was marked by a murder-suicide.

The victim, Kayla Fannon, reached out to police hours before her ex-boyfriend burst through her door and shot her.

Friday night, loved ones took time to remember, vowing to continue to fight for justice.

"It doesn't feel like a year at all. It feels like in happened yesterday." said Brittany Hearton, a close friend of Fannon, "Every day I always ask myself why?"

Lighting candles, friends and family stood mostly in silence at the steps of the house where Kayla Fannon was shot and killed by her ex-boyfriend David Jenkins.

Peoria Police listened to Fannon's desperate plea for help, describing her history of domestic abuse at the hands of Jenkins as he sent threatening text messages and phone calls.

Hours after the officer left, stating to Fannon that he was going to pick up Jenkins, she was shot and killed.

"Just her not being here with us anymore. The laughter, the fun we used to have just watching her four children grow up without her, They message me and video me all the time and I feel bad because I wish that she could see that, I wish that they could be with their mom." said Hearton

"Because of this senseless act of domestic violence she's no longer here and the cry out for help wasn't heard and I just feel like the system has failed her and her family, and her children, friends in so many ways." said Hearton

Since her death, every month they gather in-front of the police station, spreading awareness of the dangers of domestic abuse.

A wrongful death lawsuit was filed against Peoria Police, as the family demands more answers as to why police didn't do more. Their hearts broken, especially for her children.

"They're going to grow up every February 14th, Valentines Day, supposed to be a day of love, happiness, it's going to be the day their mother was killed." said Todd Fannon, Kayla's Uncle

But through their pain, they said they will remember the good.

"Her smile and her laugh … her personality … she was fun to hang with … she was a good mom" said Hearton

If you or someone you know is facing domestic violence, you can contact the Center for Prevention of Abuse at 1-800-559-SAFE.

Kaitlin Pearson

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