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Memorial held for slain Durham mom

Posted August 2, 2011 6:47 a.m. EDT
Updated August 2, 2011 10:38 p.m. EDT

— Family members and friends of a Durham woman killed outside a fast-food restaurant last month held a prayer vigil Tuesday in her honor.

Amanda Mangum, 23, called 911 on July 17 and reported that her husband wanted to hurt her. About five hours later, she was stabbed to death in the parking lot of the KFC/Taco Bell at 1804 S. Miami Blvd.

The memorial for Mangum, a mother of four, was held beside the restaurant's parking lot.

Police arrested Kenya Domon Mangum, 29, and charged him with first-degree murder in his wife's death.

Ashley Magruder said Tuesday night her sister was killed because she was trying to get out of the relationship. 

"She was trying to escape, and that's why he killed her," Magruder said. 

Family members have said that Amanda Mangum began dating Kenya Mangum when she was 13 and had her first child at age 15.

In December 2007, she took out a restraining order against Kenya Mangum, which expired after a year, according to Durham County court records.

"They had a rocky past," Amanda Mangum's brother, Robert Magruder, said. 

Amanda Mangum's grandmother in Maryland is caring for her four children – three from her relationship with Kenya Mangum and one from a previous relationship. 

"They love her to death. They miss her dearly," Ashley Magruder said. "They keep asking where mommy is, and we just tell them, 'Mommy's in heaven right now.'"