As family mourns murder victim, they look to help others

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WEST JORDAN, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – Friends and family gathered Friday night to remember a woman killed by domestic violence. 
 
Jilll Lloyd, 36, was shot and killed this week by her ex-husband. The vigil was also meant to be a call to action to end domestic violence. 
 
“It was unnecessary, and this guy that did this I mean…she didn’t deserve it, so it’s affected me in so many ways,” said Mekenzie Peck, Jill’s friend. 
 
Peck says it’s been hard to cope with the loss of her friend Jill Lloyd. Like many she came to this vigil to heal and mourn her loss. Peck says she’s now using this as a way to bring attention to domestic violence locally.
 
“We need something ‘cause something is better than nothing and that’s kind of what’s going on right now,” said Peck. 
 
Jill’s family says victim advocates have been a huge help during this difficult time.
They note it’s still hard to cope with her loss from such a senseless act of violence.
 
“I know she wasn’t in pain, but she had no idea what was coming,” said Macey Smith, Jill’s sister. 
 
Jill’s family says they wished they had seen some of the warning signs earlier, and note Jill had mentioned something the night before her death during her scheduled visit with her son.
 
“There was a really weird vibe to where he was and there was something scary that made me very nervous about Andy,” said Smith. 
 
Her family says Jill received a text from Larsen a half hour before she was killed, and believe he used the time during her visit to find a location to carry this out.
 
 
“Find a place to where when Jill went to work she wouldn’t see him. When she got to the stop sign he was right behind her shot her blank point right there.”
 
Not only was Jill set to be married in August, but today was going to be the time she announced to friends and family that she was expecting a baby. 
 
 
Free and confidential help and support of victims and survivors of domestic violence is available 24/7 through the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition: 1-800-897-5465. 

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