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‘It won’t happen once more,’ Mother of woman allegedly killed by ex-boyfriend in Las Vegas home discusses domestic abuse

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A person accused of killing his ex-girlfriend in her Las Vegas house whereas leaving her daughter alive had threatened to kill her earlier than, in response to her household.

Makayla Adams, 20, was stabbed to demise by 24-year-old Michael Ricks on Tuesday, Sept. 13 in her home close to Martin Luther King Boulevard and Washington Avenue, police mentioned.

Makayla’s mom, Monica Miner, mentioned in an interview with 8 News Now that she needs her daughter may have discovered a means out sooner in order that perhaps she wouldn’t have been killed.

Makayla’s daughter with Ricks, 8-month-old Amoura, is now in the arms of her grandparents, Miner mentioned.

“Every day we tell her how much we love her and how much Makayla loves her,” Miner mentioned. “Thankfully, Amoura was spared and she will be the legacy of Makayla.”

Miner got here home on the night of Makayla’s demise to seek out the toilet window damaged into and immediately knew one thing was mistaken. She mentioned her daughter was laying in a pool of her personal blood proper subsequent to child Amoura, who wasn’t harm.

“I was begging her not to die,” Miner mentioned. “As soon as I seen my daughter on the ground in the blood, I knew Michael did it.”

Miner informed 8 News Now her daughter was in an abusive relationship with Ricks. The two lived collectively in San Diego earlier than Adams lastly got here home to Las Vegas to stay along with her mother and father in June.

“Makayla’s told me he has choked her, dragged her by her hair, pulled her out of bed while she was sleeping,” Miner mentioned.

She added that her daughter would recurrently escape home to Las Vegas to be along with her mother and father, however Ricks all the time satisfied her to return.

“He would manipulate her mind and talk her into going back to him, ‘I’ll be good, I’m sorry, forgive me, it won’t happen again,’ and Makayla loved him,” Miner mentioned.

Makayla Adams was stabbed to demise in her Las Vegas house on Sept. 13, 2022, the place her child was left alive.

Makayla got here home for good in June earlier than Ricks started to ship her messages beneath faux social media accounts threatening her household, in response to Miner.

“He kept saying he was on his way or he would say he was here and watching us,” Miner mentioned.

Makayla had restraining orders towards him in California and was in the method of submitting one in Nevada, in response to Miner.

“I think regardless, he would have went to any extent and length to get to Makayla because if he couldn’t have her, no one was going to,” she mentioned.

Liz Ortenburger, CEO of domestic violence shelter SafeNest, mentioned restraining orders don’t all the time defend you from an abuser.

“A restraining order is as good as the police department that is going to enforce it,” Ortenburger mentioned.

Ortenburger added that Adams did the proper factor by leaving, however the first three to 12 months after which might be when an attacker is more likely to strike again.

“Those narcissistic elements of batterer personality that enables them to strangle you are the same things that will push them to murder you,” she mentioned.

Adams would have turned 21 years outdated later this month, which her household mentioned she was trying ahead to.

Ricks is going through an open homicide cost and is awaiting extradition to Las Vegas from San Diego, the place he was arrested the day after Makayla’s demise.

Those who’re in a violent relationship or those that know somebody in a violent relationship are urged to hunt assist instantly. 8 News Now has compiled a listing of resources for domestic violence and abuse victims. For a listing of emergency hotlines, authorized recommendation, shelters, safety order resources, and different info, go to this hyperlink.

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