Mother of shooting victim speaks out about her daughter's death
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The family of a woman allegedly shot and killed by her estranged husband Friday spoke out to Action News.
The family shed more light on a history of violence. The family had so much to say about this young mother's life, and the crime they say was fueled by passion.
Amber Gaines is mourning the loss of her daughter, "Anybody that knew her and met her loved Echo. She loved life. She was silly, and funny, and always ready to go, and never got tired."
Echo White was shot Friday afternoon along with another man. "He shot her twice in the chest," says Gains.
Echo's family says the shooter is her estranged husband Troy White.
"There was a lot of pushing and shoving. She wasn't real happy so she asked him for a divorce," said Gains.
Things soon got uglier for Echo as her mom remembers the many texts and voice mails her daughter forwarded to her.
"Threatening, horrible, horrible messages. 'I'm going to kill you. I'm going to kill the kids," explained Gains.
Family members said Troy grew increasingly jealous of Echo's budding romantic relationship with a friend.
"He felt that if I can't have you, nobody else is going to have you. And he felt that this man was her lover, and if I can't have you, this man can't have her," said Gains.
In the house were Echo and Troy's five children, ranging in age from 6 months to 9-years-old.
"In front of the kids. They had blood splattered on them, and they saw it," said Gains.
Police were notified after the oldest boy ran to a neighbor's house and told them his mother had been shot. Echo was pronounced dead at UMC. Late Friday Troy turned himself in to authorities in Arizona.
"Life in prison is exactly what he deserves, and what he will get. And he will live with his own demons and he will stay there and hopefully die there," said Gains.
For now, as one mother prepares to bury her daughter, she hopes people remember Echo as a woman full of life, love and devotion to her children.
The family plans to hold a memorial for Echo this coming weekend. The children are back with family members and they say that's where they'll stay.
An account has been set up to take donations that will help pay for funeral costs and raising the children now that their mom is dead, and father looking at some serious charges. The account is under Echo Lucas, her maiden name and can be accessed at any Wells Fargo under the account #7220898618.