LEXINGTON, Ky. (WXIX) – A Northern Kentucky girl who grew to become an advocate for stronger home violence legal guidelines after her estranged husband shot her almost 9 years in the past has died.
Alisha Waters, 39, of Florence, handed away final week, on Thursday, Feb. 17, on the College of Kentucky Medical Middle in Lexington, in accordance with her obituary at Ronald B. Jones Funeral dwelling.
She was shot a number of instances on Aug. 6, 2013, when she arrived for work at an workplace constructing on Grand Avenue in Fort Thomas.
Her estranged husband, D.J. Mathis, then turned the gun on himself in what Fort Thomas police mentioned on the time was an tried homicide/suicide. Mathis was 32 and died from a single, self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Alisha fought for years to get better from the capturing, which left her a quadriplegic. She underwent therapy so far as Georgia at one level.
Based on the fundraising website YouCaring.com, she went to the Shepherd Middle, an Atlanta hospital that focuses on spinal twine and mind harm rehabilitation.
The capturing left her quadriplegic. A video uploaded to YouTube in September 2013 confirmed her shifting her arm.
Shortly after the capturing, Fort Thomas police announced their investigation was closed and mentioned they discovered no proof Mathis was stalking his estranged spouse.
Police say, nevertheless, that Mathis did name Waters’ relations the weekend earlier than he shot her claiming to be a police dispatcher in an try to get her deal with.
In a Facebook post final yr, Alisha mirrored on her state of affairs intimately, writing that her husband had despatched her greater than 180 textual content messages in lower than a month earlier than he shot her.
“My life jogs my memory of a Lifetime film. There are not any commercials, simply clean moments in time,” she wrote. “Rewind to April 10, 2013.
“I had filed for an Emergency Safety Order, searching for safety from my husband. I used to be granted that order so ten days later, I went earlier than the Choose requesting a Home Violence Order, (which supplies safety from household or a accomplice). I had defined that I left my husband a month prior, and that I used to be being harassed by way of quite a few textual content messages and voicemail. The calls amounted to 186 or extra in only a three-week interval. They had been demeaning; they had been degrading; they had been threatening. I defined that he was mentally unwell, had been seen by a psychiatrist and was in all probability off his drugs.
“I used to be denied that Home Violence order. The Choose dominated that since there have been no indicators of bodily or sexual assault that there wasn’t a necessity for a DVO. I felt betrayed. Right here I used to be, begging for assist, and now I used to be being turned away?
“Had I been granted that DVO, I really feel I is probably not a quadriplegic nor sitting on this chair earlier than you at the moment. Folks say, “Properly it was only a piece of paper, it wouldn’t have protected you anyway.” I really feel it could have. Had I had that piece of paper, my estranged husband wouldn’t have legally been capable of buy that gun. A background test would have denied him the correct to have a gun based mostly on the DVO.
“Flashback to August sixth, 2013.
“I used to be standing within the foyer of labor, praying for the elevator. It was almost time for me to clock in, and I didn’t wish to be late. It could have been simpler (and wiser) to take the steps. Nonetheless I used to be ready patiently, once I felt somebody’s eyes on me.. It was my husband, DJ. Gun pointed completely at me. He had a satanic look in his eye. It was that terrible second I spotted he wasn’t enjoying round.
“The place was that rattling elevator?
“DJ please”, I begged, however he confirmed me no mercy. The primary shot was fired,.. that was the purpose of no return. I discovered myself in survival mode; throwing my purse, on the workplace door in entrance of me, hoping for somebody’s consideration.. However nobody got here to my rescue.
“Three extra photographs rang out, and nonetheless nobody got here to assist.
“I can’t recall precisely when it was that I crumbled to the bottom, however quickly I heard what could be the final shot he would fireplace at me. It was then that I heard a bit voice say “play lifeless!” It might have been my conscience? Perhaps my guardian angel? Who is aware of, fairly probably even my God!
“I might really feel the elevator door slamming arduous towards my head. I had fallen like a puppet with minimize strings when the bullets ripped by way of my physique. How ironic, the elevator had come too late.
“I noticed him elevate the gun in direction of his personal head.. Then my eyes closed, and my thoughts took me far, distant.
“All I thought of yesterday was that fateful day 8 years in the past. I’m right here, sure I’m alive, however what in regards to the gunman, he ought to be right here having fun with life, nonetheless together with his household & pals. Psychological sickness is a big downside in our society & it simply looks like it’s swept underneath the rug; why, these folks deserve consideration, eduction & counseling identical to every other sick particular person. Perhaps I wouldn’t be caught on this chair, perhaps he’d be right here at the moment had extra folks apart from his household, took the time to concentrate to the indicators & purple flags!”
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