GREENSBORO, N.C. — The family of Chiquita Adams spoke out against domestic violence Monday.
Adams, 35, was found dead by her 11-year-old daughter inside the Atrium Inn on Christmas Day.
High Point police arrested and charged Adams’ boyfriend, Shanion Watson, with her murder.
“I’m going to miss her so bad,” said Adams’ mother Teresa. “I’m still so numb — like it’s a nightmare.”
The family, along with friends, gathered outside the Sherri Denese Jackson Foundation offices to release balloons and call for action against domestic violence.
“I want to send a challenge out to all the churches [and] the men out there,” said Adams’ uncle Reginald Williams. “It’s time for us to stand up and stand out.”
The foundation said more than 45 people in Guilford County were killed in 2015 due to domestic violence.
“Don’t wait before someone gets hurt before you have to cry,” said Adams’ brother-in-law. “Don’t wait to cry, just do it.”
Funeral services are scheduled for Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. at the Saint James Baptist Church on East Florida Street in Greensboro.