COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX) - The brother of a woman killed as part of what police call a murder-suicide in west Columbus Wednesday wants to help others by speaking out.
"My mom called me and told me that he had shot my sister, and I asked her if she was alive and she told me no," said Zac Carpenter, the brother of the victim.
It was a painful call for Carpenter.
"My body just went numb," he said.
His younger sister, 24-year-old Mariah Carpenter, was murdered. Police believe the father of her child shot her, then killed himself on Timberwood Drive North. Their 2-year-old was there.
"We have to be strong for my nephew, and the next second I feel like I am falling apart," said Zac.
It's a huge loss for him.
"I was closer to her than anybody else in this world and the man who did this completely ruined our lives," said Zac.
ABC 6/FOX 28 met Zac at his apartment, which is also where his sister used to live.
"I moved into her apartment and took over her lease, so that she could move away," she said.
He said Mariah did everything she could to stay away from Quantaine Tate.
"He was monitored. He wasn't allowed around her, and this still happened," said Zac.
Now, her son is left needing a lot of care.
"He's blind. He was born with optic nerve dysplasia and he just recently had brain surgery for a cyst," he said.
For Zac, sharing the story is difficult, but he has a goal.
"If somebody out there sees this that's in a situation like this that they get away from whoever is abusing them," he said.
Zac will remember his sister as a kind person and an amazing mother.
He said he wants stricter laws that would better protect people like his sister.
Mariah's son is being cared for by the family.
The family is raising money to help care for Mariah's son.