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Warning signs to look for in domestic violence relationships

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Updated: 7/29/2013 12:09 am
ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- The recent murder of a local mother in an Oakleaf subdivision has left neighbors shocked. Some now wonder if any warning signs were missed.

White and red roses now sit in front of an empty home on Pondview Drive where Lashawna Criswell-Seward lived.

"She had these big beautiful brown eyes and she had a beautiful smile," said Kenisha Mitchell, friend.

The last three days have been especially tough for neighbor Lee Griffin Jr.

Griffin and his family refuse to use the doorstep of their home, he says that's where he found Criswell-Seward fatally wounded on Thursday night.

"Yelling and screaming and we didn't get to her in time," said Griffin.

Neighbors we spoke with say they started getting suspicious when they noticed Criswell-Seward making arrangements to move.

"We knew something was going on when the 'for sale' sign went up in the yard the pod was dropped," said Mike Gray, neighbor.

Peggy Payne, CEO of a local domestic violence center, says signs of trouble may not be apparent at first but it's important to speak up.

"In domestic violence relationships, for the victim it takes all of us to take a stand and say it's not acceptable," said Peggy Payne, CEO of Quigley House.

Payne says if you see something that makes you uncomfortable then there is likely something wrong.

"If you hear a lot of yelling and cursing and doors slamming, people begging for help, those are clear signs something is not right," said Payne.

As neighbors begin to heal, one thing is clear, many will never forget what happened to Lashawna Criswell-Seward in their quiet and peaceful cul-de-sac.

"She didn't deserve that," said Griffin.

If you know anyone who is in a potentially abusive relationship and needs help call the Quigley House 24 hotline at 904-284-0340.
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wishmistress - 7/29/2013 1:31 PM
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"If you hear a lot of yelling and cursing and doors slamming, people begging for help, those are clear signs something is not right," said Payne....................Wow. Really? Thanks for the secret tips. For those who are REALLY interested, there's a lot more thank THAT going on. Unfortunately, you may NEVER see it until it's too late.

nativejax - 7/29/2013 12:35 PM
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If I KNEW my neighbors at all, even just to say hello once in a while and seen a moving truck, pod or whatever in their yard, I would be a 'budinsky' and ask them why? And wish them well,(and check on their welfare). Sorry but SOMETIMES being called a 'nosy neighbor' is just fine by me...I've been called worse on here.

RiverRat - 7/29/2013 11:48 AM
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So I should be suspicious if my neighbor puts up a for sale sign and gets a moving pod?
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