Balloon launch in memory of domestic violence victims

Balloon launch for Carly Hughley. (WDTN Photo)

TROTWOOD, Ohio (WDTN) – Family and friends gathered Friday to remember a man and woman killed in a domestic violence dispute in Miami Township, one year ago.

They want to ensure their loved ones are not forgotten, but also have a message for others.

Carly Hughley and Demetrius “Brandon” Beckwith were shot and killed on January 24, 2013.

“My mom was a very good person and what happened to her didn’t need to happen,” said Austin Uloho, Carly’s son.

He was just 10 years old when he lost his mother.

Friday, he walked, balloons in hand. Austin and his grandmother joined other family and friends, in honor of Carly and Brandon.

Now, their mothers are hoping to raise awareness about domestic violence.

“We don’t want this to happen to anyone else. No one should have to lose their child,” said Delsia Taylor, Carly’s mother.

She and Ronda Beckwith were brought together by tragedy.

“We share the same loss. I know I feel her loss, she feels my loss,” said Beckwith, Brandon’s mother.

But they’re hoping to save the lives of others.

“For parents, if you get the feeling that your daughter or your son is in a relationship and you’re uncomfortable with it, you need to speak up,” said Taylor.

They’re already planning a walk to raise awareness for domestic violence in May.

In the meantime, they’re relying on faith and family to get through the pain.

Carly’s ex-boyfriend, Harvey Jones, is charged in the deaths. A trial date has not yet been scheduled. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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