Domestic abuse rally held in Fuquay-Varina
Posted November 5, 2015
Fuquay-Varina, N.C. — A rally was held against domestic violence Thursday night under the Kipling Cross on N.C. Highway 401.
People shared memories and important advice on how to battle abusive relationships.
It has been a year since Britny Puryear died, but her father says she never really went away.
“Britny’s the first thing I think about when I wake up in the morning, and she is the last thing I think about when I go to sleep,” said Stephen Puryear, Britny’s father.
Puryear said he also remembers the moment he got the call.
“I was there in ten minutes, but she was already gone,” he said.
Police say Puryear was killed by her boyfriend, Logan McLean, last November. They say he shot Puryear in the head before getting rid of the gun.
Among the crowd gathered around the cross on Highway 401 was Billie Joe Ebe. She has a similar story—an abusive boyfriend.
“He tore the house apart; he broke the window in our bedroom,” Ebe said. “He held me hostage in the spare bedroom at gunpoint. I just knew at that point, I was going to die.”
But unlike Puryear, Ebe said she made it out.
“I have a hope to see my Britny in heaven,” Stephen Puryear said. “Without that hope, I would not make it another day.”