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It makes me sad to see stories like this in the news. A young woman, 22-year-old Tiara Lott, who has been missing since January 29, according to WIVB, is now presumed to be dead. Police found a body on train tracks near Wex Avenue in Buffalo. This young woman's life has been cut short. Her death is being investigated by Buffalo Police as a homicide. Her family says that she was last seen with her boyfriend and that she had been seen with bruises on her face during a video call before she went missing, according to WGRZ.

I had a friend in Charlotte, North Carolina, named Tiffany, who died after being electrocuted in her bathtub. When I heard about her death, something didn't sit well with me. I knew she had a new boyfriend in her life. It turns out, he was arrested for her murder. She was a mother, an entrepreneur,  and had such a beautiful spirit.  It's heartbreaking to know that choosing to be with and loving the wrong person could ultimately end up causing you harm or even death.

Just last week in Buffalo, Donald P. McCoy, who is 75-years-old, was charged with the murder of his girlfriend. According to WIVB, police allege that he stabbed his 55-year-old girlfriend Adele Oliver-Reese on December 3, 2020

I don't know that this is a domestic violence situation with Tiara, but I do hope that whoever is responsible is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Her family now has to deal with the pain caused by whoever took her life. According to WGRZ, after she was seen with bruises on her face and abruptly hung up the phone, she sent out a message to her loved ones saying,

God forbid, if anything happens to me, that I love y'all and tell everybody.

My prayers go out to her family and loved ones.  May she rest in power.

If you or someone you know is in a relationship and experiencing domestic violence, please tell someone. Please reach out for help, before it's too late.

Domestic Violence Resources in the WNY area:

Family Justice Center Hotline
716-558-7233

211 WNY
888-696-9211

Domestic Violence Help Hotline - Haven House
716-884–6000 or 716-862-HELP

Erie County Department of Social Services - Domestic Violence Unit
716-858-6118

National Domestic Violence hotline
800-799-SAFE

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