Now is the time for all good men and women to call for justice!
PLEASE HELP BE A VOICE FOR DARAH! SIGN UP FOR A CALL FOR JUSTICE FOR DARAH!
Darah Michelle Gardner, only 24 years old, was killed when her abusive housemate got angry with her and forced her to leave with him and then when she tried to escape he grabbed her shirt and dragged her on a dirt driveway where she left a trail in the rocks with her foot about 12 feet long, Then he hit the gas spinning a 3 inch deep hole with his tires and pulled onto a paved road while holding her shirt and running over her head and killing her.As evidenced by her badly streched and severally twisted T-Shirt, Because he had one hand on her shirt and was driving while she was being dragged the tires left an "s" mark on the pavement at the end of the driveway.
DARAH had called her Mother asking for help in dealing with the assualts of this man. (only minutes before her death) at aprox, 10:37 p.m. on August 23, 2011,Darah called her Mother for help, they spoke for about 15 minutes and at aprox. 11:00pm ...Her Mother told her to go outside and put as much distance between herself and the attacker as possible..and we discussed me calling 911, she wasn't trying to cause any trouble for this man, she simply wanted peace and to be left alone. He followed her outside and made her get into his SUV with Darah saying " I'm not going anywhere with you." as reported by the eye witness. She was waiting for her Mother to get there to pick her and her sister up, and she had gone outside as she was told to by her Mother, due to the abusive words and actions of her housemate, which were heard on the phone and by Darah's Mother and others as well.
She was waiting for her Mother to get there! Darah did not want to go anywhere with this man, only to wait for her Mother to get there in the middle of the night to help her escape the assaults of Mr. Galloway. The eye wittness described a violent jerking of the auto (thus the "s" marks at the end of the dirt driveway just onto the pavement), and then a bump when the driver ran over her sister near the end of the driveway, and Darah's little sister stated that "Darah had been begging for him to stop, and asking him "Why are you doing this to me"?" Darah was afraid of being harmed by Mr. Galloway, as reported by the eye witness that night at the scene of Darah's death.
The investigating Officers, threatened her little sister who was an intoxicated eye witness and they seemed to ignore the facts, (wittnessed by 3 or more people) the investigating officers saying that if they " have to charge him with anything then they would charge the eye witness with the same charges" that the person who had caused Darah's death could be charged with.
Justice was not served. It is wrong to intemidate a wittness, especially an intoxicated and mentally fragile person, like the little sister who had just seen her sister killed by someone they had trusted.
Darah was defenseless against the angry man who held her hostage and caused her violent death.
Darah deserves to be heard and domestic violence is NOT acceptable.
Domestic Violence perpetuated by a 34 year old married man killed this young lady.
She asked for help...
Will you please SIGN for a CALL FOR JUSTICE FOR DARAH and her family. PLEASE HELP DARAH'S VOICE BE HEARD! ...SIGN this petition for Darah, and her family who are suffering daily. We expected a prosecution of her killer and we got a " death investigation" which seemed to ignore the facts!
NOW is the TIME to CALL for JUSTICE! THANK-YOU!
THANK-YOU so much for standing with us as one, against domestic violence and this injustice to Darah and her family!!!
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Henderson County NC, Sheriff's Department..
This is a petition to Call for justice for Darah and her family and against the non prosecution of this case of domestic violence, for we feel the perpetrator should be held accountable in a court of law.
Darah Michelle Gardner just 24 years old was killed when her abusive housemate, got angry with her and forced her to leave with him and when she tried to escape he grabed her shirt and dragged her on a dirt driveway where she left a trail in the rocks with her foot about 12 feet long, Then he hit the gas spinning a 3 inch deep hole with his tires into the dirt drive way and pulled onto a paved road while holding her by her shirt and then running over her head and killing her with his SUV. Because he had one hand on her shirt (evidenced by the badly stretched and severally twisted red T-Shirt Darah was wearing) and as she had tried to escape his grasp she was being dragged, the tires of Mr. Galloways' SUV left an "s" mark on the pavement at the end of the driveway and tire tracks on Darah's body, showing us Mr. Galloway had only one hand on the wheel when he hit the gas and the other on her shirt, struggling to control Darah and holding her hostage as he pulled onto the paved road.
He (Mr.Galloway) was in financial distress and Darah who had been paying room and board ($100 a week), was moving out, due to the abuse she had suffered at his hands in the weeks before she was killed.He was facing repossesion of his house and car and He knew that she was moving out that week that she was killed.
Darah had called her Mother and spoke with her for about 15 minutes asking for help dealing with the asssualts of the man who was heard on the phone attempting to attack Darah, ( Only minutes before she was killed and again as she was being beaten and objects were being thrown) and he was trying to find her as she hid from him to call for help, she asked her Mom to NOT call 911 UNTILL she got there to pick her and her sister up, and to please call ONLY if he tries to hurt anyone or wouldn't let her leave with her Mother ...due to the fact that Mr. Galloway had possesion of illeagal drugs and Darah said she didn't want to cause trouble for this man, she only wanted for him to leave her alone and let her have some peace, and for him to allow her to get her things the next day. so she did not want him further angered, she wanted her pets to be ok (many exotic pets, clothes, journals,paintings and artwork) Mom said for her to go outside because, it would be easier to get Darah and her Sister and she could keep distance from the mad man screaming at her if she would go outside... so she told Darah to wait outside for 15 to 20 minutes for Mom to pick her up, because Mom had to get out of bed and dress and get a friend to go over with her for help.
Darah did what her Mother told her to do...She was waiting for her Mother, and Mr. Galloway decided he wouldn't let Darah wait outside for her Mom, he choose to force her to leave with him. He caused the unsafe situation that Darah found herself in and without help, she did her best to free herself from his attacks and be there when her Mom got there, she was a very dependable young woman.
The investigators were overheard and seen talking to the eye witness, by at least 3 people and one investigator threatened Darah's little sister, who was an intoxicated eyewitness and they seemed to ignore the facts; the investigator said... "That didn't happen" and that "watch what you say, because, if we have to charge him with anything, then we will also charge you with the same charges he gets". There are other witnesses to the events of this night that were not questioned at all. All witnesses to these statements by the investigator felt it was very wrong! Facts were ignored. Darah had called for help...her feet left a trail in the dirt drive, because she was being held captive and not allowed to wait for her Mother.
Darah was an A/B honor roll student in school. She was homeschooled for 5 years and went back to public for High school years. As a child Darah had taken tap and ballet dance and was very good at both. She played the Flute and the piano very well and I miss hearing her playing music. She was on HS Soccer team, and she recieved the "best defender award". Darah was artistically talanted and gifted. She painted, did sculpture, and had worked for me for the past two years, being my cashier at the Mills River Gas House for about a year, and volunteered her time at a children's summer camp in 2011, in Mills River NC.... the town she was killed in.
Justice was not served. It is wrong to intemidate a witness, especially an intoxicated, hysterical and mentally fragile person like the little sister.
Darah was defenseless against the angry man who held her hostage and caused her violent death. I feel that Darah and all victims deserve to be heard and domestic violence is NOT acceptable under any circumstances.
This Domestic Violence perpetuated by a 34 year old married man killed this young lady. She asked for help, it didn't get to her in time to save her life. Will YOU please heed this call for JUSTICE for DARAH and her family and HELP put an END to tolerance of domestic violence and hold the perpetrator accountabile for the act of DOMESTIC VIOLENCE that ended this member of our communities life. The sweet, loving, giving and young life of DARAH MICHELLE GARDNER is missed and we expect her killer to be HELD ACCOUNTABLE!.THANK-YOU!
Sincerely, We are the Family and Friends of
Darah Michelle Gardner.
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