Friend of murder-suicide victim fights for harsher DV laws

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A group of women is gathering information in hopes of strengthening domestic violence laws after their friend was killed by her husband. 

“Everybody wants somebody in their corner, she was that person,” said Amanda Smith.

That’s how Smith said she will remember her friend Kristin Gile.

“She’s always been in my corner, pushing me, giving me positive input,” Smith said.

Smith said Kristin was a fighter; a woman who would give anything for her six children.

“Positive, bright, compassionate about things she loved, her children. She very much loved her children,” she explained.

Kristin, 33, was killed in a murder-suicide on Saturday.

Her friends said Kristin and her dad stopped by her home to pick up some items. As they were leaving, they said Kristin’s husband, Randy Gile, followed the pair. 

The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office said Randy shot and killed Kristin before killing himself.

“Broke, it just broke me,” Smith said when she heard the news.

Smith said Kristin’s death hit her especially hard. She told KSN her stepdad used to abuse her mom.

“I connect with her on that level . . . like her six kids. I was them. I was a kid in that same situation,” Smith said. 

In tears, Smith explained her previous situation combined with Kristin’s death is why she’s now pushing for harsher penalties for domestic violence offenders.

“That’s all we’re trying to get is just save one person,” she said.

Smith hopes she can save a life while remembering another. She said her goal is to be there for Kristin just like Kristin was there for her.

“I’m gong to be in her corner. I am in her corner,” Smith said.

Smith said she and a group of her friends have a list of changes they’d like to be made. She’s currently working on getting in contact with state leaders.

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Salon Teased is also accepting non-perishable donations for Kristin’s family and children.

The owner said this is a time to come together.

“I just hope that the community can see that this is a real thing and it does happen and I hope that we can just wrap our hearts around these kids and help support them and get them what they need,” said Salon Teased Owner Tiffany Cuesta.

People can drop off canned food, hygiene products and gift cards to the salon located at 916 E. Douglas Ave., Wichita, KS 67202.

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