HARTFORD, Conn. (AP/WTNH) – A Connecticut woman who was found slain along with her 9-year-old daughter last week had become an anti-domestic violence activist after her sister was killed four years ago. Authorities say both women were killed by their boyfriends.
29-year-old Chaquinequea Brodie and her daughter were found dead Friday in their Waterbury apartment. Brodie’s 2-year-old daughter, Olivia, was in the apartment and not physically injured. Neighbors say Olivia actually ran outside screaming “Mommy’s dead!”Related Content: Man charged with killing activist, daughter to be arraigned
News8 asked Olivia’s father what he would say to Rutherford if he had the chance: “I forgive you,” Chyquan Streater-Adams said, “Get right with God.”
Chaquinequea’s stepmother took a harsher tone: “I’m very pissed,” Felicia Robertson said. “Very angry.”Related Content: Suspect in custody in Waterbury double homicide
“I’m in a daze,” she said. “I don’t believe it. I still don’t believe it.”
This is the second time this family has been rocked by tragedy due to domestic violence. Chaquinequea’s sister was Alyssiah Wiley, an Eastern Connecticut State University student whose body was found in Trumbull in 2013. Wiley’s boyfriend, Jermaine Richards, is facing a third trial on a murder charge, after the first two ended with deadlocked juries.
Chaquinequea’s mother says this latest tragedy will fuel her to continue Chaquinequea’s work of helping victims of domestic violence through their non-profit called Mothers of Victim’s Equality Inc.