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Community hosts fundraiser for Albany woman killed in a brutal attack

Posted at: 12/01/2012 11:27 AM
Updated at: 12/03/2012 10:47 AM
By: Dan Bazile

ALBANY - Ribs, chicken, and mac & cheese are just a few of the goodies being sold at the Reining Life Family Church in Albany. That church community has come together to help relatives of 20 year-old Tonette Thomas.

“It's a blessing. We put it in god's hands. We just let it all fold out.”

Thomas was found stabbed to death at 175 Myrtle Avenue on Monday. Her sister Shaquasia and her aunt Gwynn Carter were also stabbed in the same brutal attack, but survived. They’re still recovering at the hospital.

Tarnessha Johnson is Tonette's cousin. She says the family is just praying as they grieve, saying, “There’s nothing you could say, nothing you could do. You’re not thinking. You’re numb. It’s a family member regardless.”

29 year-old Michael Anderson, Shaquasia's ex-boyfriend was charged with murder and attempted murder. One of the victim's cousins told Newschannel 13 that Shaquasia broke it off, but Anderson would not let it go.

According to Tarnessha, “It's such a tragedy. But when you see how the community comes together, you see how much love and compassion there is within the people.”

Evelyn Sanles provided the kitchen at her church where members of the community came to place their food orders and drop off donations. She says as she and organizations like a village rally for the needs of the victim's family, more needs to be done to stop the violence.

She tells us, “This is very personal to me because I have known so many of these children personally. And I know so many young people who are incarcerated right now for senseless crimes.”

Senseless crime, she says, like the one that took life of a young woman too soon.