GoFundMe account set up for girls killed during domestic disturbance in Killeen
“A home of domestic violence is no home for anyone. The lives of this family will forever be changed. Makayla & Alyssa were bright and playful little girls,” wrote Eingrett Davis, the creator of the account.
The Bell County District Attorney’s Office filed capital murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charges against Kendrick Donnell Gaines, 39, the man accused of shooting and killing two girls, and wounding his wife. An affidavit for arrest obtained by KWTX identified the woman as Danielle Gaines and the slain girls as Makayla R. Martin, 11, and Alyssa Whitfield, 6.
The girls were cousins, according to Eingrett. “They would ride little go carts up and down the sidewalk,” she said.
“All the neighbors in the community know who these children are. They were very well-known in this neighborhood,” said Eingrett’s husband, Jesse Davis.
When Killeen Police Department officers arrived at 403 West Vega Lane shortly after 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 12, they found the eleven-year-old girl dead inside the home. The six-year-old girl was found suffering from a gunshot and was immediately airlifted to McLane Children’s Hospital in critical condition. She eventually succumbed to her injuries.
The 38-year-old Danielle Gaines was found suffering from a gunshot wound to the neck. The affidavit states Danielle told police officers her husband shot her and the girls during an argument. The woman said she ran to a neighbor’s house to call 911 for help. She was eventually transported by EMS to Baylor Scott & White in stable condition.
The Davis’ said they were watching television Saturday morning when Danielle Gaines came pounding on their door asking for help after she, her daughter and niece were shot.
“I looked at her. She had her hand on her neck and she put her hand out and showed me the blood,” Jesse Davis explained.
A short time later, they say Danielle Gaines’ 16-year-old son also came to their house - uninjured - after escaping out the window of his home.
The couple got both the victims inside while Jesse confronted Kendrick Gaines, who had allegedly come outside with a gun.
Jesse Davis said he convinced Kendrick Gaines to drop the weapon, and once he did, tried to make sure no one else could get hurt.
“He put his hands up and he started walking toward me and I just grabbed him,” Jesse Davis recalled.
He held him down until police arrived. All the while, Eingrette Davis was worried about the girls still in the house.
“It’s like, where’s the girls? Where’s the girls?” she recalled as she explained the shock of police arriving at the scene and making the gruesome discovery inside the house.
The GoFundMe account set for the victims had generated more than $12,000 in donations as of Monday evening.
Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke arraigned Gaines, a retired U.S. Army soldier, and set his bond at $2.5 million. The suspect is being held at the Bell County Jail.
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