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DeSoto Parish domestic violence victim remembered as family-oriented, loving mom

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SHREVEPORT, La. - Siblings remember Gwenette Salley as a family-oriented, loving mother to her seven-year-old daughter, and one of her last acts Friday likely saved her child's life.

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Police say Salley's estranged husband, Michael Salley, killed her days after Gwen filed for divorce. Investigators and witnesses say Gwen was picking up their daughter, Samantha, from a DeSoto Parish day care when Michael jumped into her front passenger-side seat armed with a shotgun. Gwen removed their child from the vehicle and handed her back to a day care worker.

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At Gwen's visitation Monday, family members told KTBS 3 News there's no doubt in their mind that they'd be mourning another loss, if not for Gwen's quick reaction.

"She was a very loving mother," Gwen's sister Theresa Donald said. "She dedicated her life to raising her child."

They say she loved being a part of her big family. She was a hard-worker who could hang with the boys, a result of her dairy farm upbringing.

"She loved to hunt and fish- things guys do," Gwen's brother Benjamin Cox remembers. "She grew up around two brothers."

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There is a fund to benefit Samantha Salley at Regions Bank. All money raised will go toward her care, and can only be used for that purpose.

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