Family, friends of woman reportedly killed by husband rallying for justice, change

Family, friends of woman reportedly killed by husband rallying for justice, change

MIDDLETOWN, OH (FOX19) - The family and friends of a Middletown woman who was shot and killed in her own home are now demanding justice and change.

Gregory Orono Junior admitted in court this week that he took the life of his wife, Cassie Sanders, in December.

Police said that on December 17, Orona Junior grabbed a shotgun and used it to kill Sanders inside their home on Wilbraham Road in Middletown.

Investigators believe the couple had been arguing. Sanders' friends believe that she was a victim of domestic violence and had been for months.

"He did exactly what he said he would do - that he would kill her if she left, and she was leaving [that day]," Kimby Royalty, a friend of Sanders, said.

Sanders' loved ones said that she was a kindergarten teacher, a good friend and a loving person and wife.

"She was just a kind, loving, big-hearted lady," Holly Dean, one of Sanders' friends, told FOX19 NOW.

Police reports show that officers were called to their home several times for domestic issues.

"This is such a tragedy," Dean said. "Such a tragedy."

It was revealed in court Monday that Orona is pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter. Some are not sure that's enough.

"He's a monster," Royalty said. "He's a cruel, cruel, cruel person, and he does not need to be out on the streets."

Rallying with posters and signs, creating a Facebook page and wearing t-shirts, Sanders' loved ones said that they want her death to make a difference. They want to send a clear message that abuse is never okay and that if you do need to escape, there is hope and resources available.

"There's help out there," Royalty said. "There is help."

Orona Junior is expected to be sentenced August 1.

Sanders' friends and family said they will be there fighting for the maximum penalty.

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, you can contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline for help.

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