‘It can happen to anyone,” says family of Harnett Co. domestic violence victim

An image of Britny Puryear at a vigil about domestic violence.

KIPLING, N.C. (WNCN) – Friday marks a year since a Harnett County mother was murdered in a tragic case of domestic violence.

Several dozen people gathering at the Kipling Cross not only to remember Britny Puryear, but also to raise awareness about domestic violence.

Britny Puryear, 22, was found by police with a gunshot wound to the head at her Fuquay-Varina home Nov. 6, 2014.

Logan Connail McLean, 21, was questioned in the shooting and then charged with murder and possession of a firearm by a felon, authorities said.

Puryear and McLean were dating and had a child together, police said. All of them lived at the residence where the shooting occurred.

“She was a hard worker. And she was an athlete A-B honor roll. She was the last person that anyone would think would be murdered,” said Britny’s father, Stephen.

Britny Puryear’s brother was in attendance, too.

“You can talk to anyone. You don’t have to go through this. You don’t have to be like my big sis,” said Josh Puryear.

The event was organized by the Forever In Our Hearts Foundation, a group that helps families who’ve lost a child.

“If it can happen to Britny, it can happen to anyone. Young ladies, if your boyfriend is hitting you or hurting you he does not love you,” Stephen Puryear said.

A message this family is hoping will resonate far beyond the Kipling Cross.

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