The murder of Danielle Locklear is fresh in the minds of those who hoped for good news in her case. The 15-year-old girl was brutally choked to death by her boyfriend, who also admitted to stuffing a sock down her throat before discarding her body. The details behind her killing are still coming through media outlets, but it's clear that this young girl became a casualty of teen domestic violence.
Classmates of Dannie and her killer are in shock by the latest developments -- by Je'Michael Malloy's confession. The shock and the grief is being addressed by a school administrator, but this should also be the time to educate these kids on domestic violence and the dangers of not ending abusive relationships. It seems a little far fetched to believe that Je'Michael had never been violent with Dannie in the past, only to snap and kill her out of the blue. There were likely warning signs that the teen ignored because she was probably not prepared to handle the situation accordingly.
Many adult women die at the hands of their abusers, and Danielle Locklear doesn't appear to be any different, but the tragedy is that she is a teen girl and her death highlights the very clear and existent violence problem between tween lovers. Her death should serve as a warning to other youth: This could happen to anyone.
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