Family, friends honor domestic violence victim

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UPDATE: (May 9, 2018)-- Anthony Beuhner was sentenced to 63 years after being found guilty of murder in April. He received 911 days of jail credit.

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Oct. 8, 2015)-- An Indianapolis woman who was shot and killed on her own porch last week was remembered Thursday by her friends and family.

Investigators say Janet Cook was shot and killed by her boyfriend, Anthony Buehner.  Police quickly found him in Kentucky.  He is currently being held on unrelated charges.

Jessica Cook struggles to find the words as she returns to the porch where she found her mother's body last week.

"I opened the door and I found her and she was lying there, already gone," said Cook

Now, Janet, a mother of five, is remembered through pictures, flowers and her favorite pair of sparkly heels.

"It's hard for me to come on my own porch," said Cook.

Cook describes her mother's relationship with Buehner as turbulent.

"Mentally and psychically abusive. He had been threatening my mom for a while that he was going to kill her and her family if she left him," said Cook.

Thursday, Cook's friends and family  gathered to fight back against domestic violence. T-shirts and bracelets with messages opposed to domestic violence were sold.  The proceeds will go towards helping the family.

"Just speak out and let somebody know.  Don't hold it in. Don't be afraid," said Cook.

You can find domestic violence resources here. Funds are being raised here for funeral costs.

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