Ponder murder-suicide victim speaks out

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PONDER -- "I don't have my babies. You guys know they were my everything, my purpose to breathe," said Amanda Simpson, survivor of the Ponder murder-suicide.

Hours after she survived her ex-husband's killing spree that left her three children and her boyfriend dead, Amanda Simpson broke her silence on Facebook Live while holding a picture of her beloved children, 8-year-old Odin Painter, 6-year-old Caydence and 4-year-old Drake.

 

"Got this by me all the time. Think about them don't think about me I'm okay," Simpson said

The shooter was identified as 39-year-old Justin Painter of Fort Worth.

What triggered the shooting? According to Simpson, her ex couldn't accept that she and her new boyfriend, Seth Richardson, were going to start a new life together.

"I told Justin that I couldn't. He's been trying to get back together and I told him I couldn't. He didn't like it. He didn't like it."

A small vigil was held last night at a gazebo near the family's home, where a small collection of flowers and stuffed animals began to show up around wooden crosses.

The shooting remains under investigation by the Denton County Sheriff's Office and Ponder Police.

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