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Family, friends remember Trinity woman apparently killed by husband

TRINITY COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -

A Trinity woman was laid to rest Tuesday after a witness says her husband drove into her. While investigators try to determine if Shayla Rightmire's death was an accident or a crime, her friends and family say abuse is what killed her.

The purple is meant to be a statement.

"All the purple that you see represents domestic violence and a voice that we want to make for Shayla because her life was wrongly taken," said Audrey Loving, a friend of Rightmire.

Rightmire was killed almost a week ago in Trinity.

The sheriff says a witness reported Charles Aaron Rightmire struck and killed his 30-year-old wife with his pickup truck before he drove away.

Investigators are trying to determine if the incident was a crime or just an accident.

"I don't think it was his intention, but he did take her life and if they didn't have an abusive relationship then she would still be here," said Amanda Wooten, Rightmire's sister.

Her friends and family say the mother of two was a loving person that had no enemies.

"I want them to remember that she was a bright and shining star and that she made everybody smile," Loving said. 

Earlier this month Rightmire was arrested in an undercover meth buy.

Her friends say that's not the Shayla they know.

"This is not the type of person she was," Loving said. "She was not the person that they were seeking in that drug bust and was simply a victim of being in the wrong place at the wrong time."

They say abuse took her too soon.

Today, with a heavy heart, they bury the one they love.

"I just want people to think before they judge someone because everyone has skeletons in their closet and no one deserves to be judged on heresay and I think she deserves justice," Wooten said.

How she ended up in an early grave is still to be determined, but today one thing was certain: the family and friends she leaves behind will miss the Shayla they know.

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