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Domestic violence survivor shares story after home burnt down, daughter shot

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When Jasmine Young watched her home on fire, she received a call from her ex-boyfriend.

She pleaded looking at the Killeen home go up in smoke, "What do you want?"

Young said her ex-boyfriend Carlos Ray Moore Jr. laughed on the other end of the line, ominously saying, "Your life." 

According to police, Carlos Ray Moore Jr. set fire to that home in August 2015. Court proceedings were slated to start in October Young said. 

"The trial is coming up now it was set for yesterday they reset it." 

No matter what day the trial actually comes, Young is ready. 

"I'm ready to get it over with for him to get his time and come forward and maybe make the world a better place."

That is why Young is coming forward with her story as a domestic violence survivor. She remembers countless incidents of Moore attacking her before her home was set on fire. The relationship she remembers started off like any others. Young had dreams of a long term future together, when they moved in together things started to take a dramatic change. 

Young describes his behavior as, "jealous and controlling." After a man complimented a selfie on Facebook, Young said she "ended up with a busted lip."

Increasingly, she found herself unable to talk to any men or even order food from male waiters at the risk of angering her ex-boyfriend. It was when Moore began beating her in front of her children that she decided to leave the relationship. 

"I just couldn't do it anymore, my kids were starting to be affected by it," Young said. She moved out of their home in Harker Heights.

While Young moved, it did not stop the abusive behavior. She said she would receive incessant text messages and calls. One night there were over 150 times she claims he called and hung up. Frustrated one night that Young refused to talk, he destroyed her windows.

"He stopped texting for twenty minutes, so I thought everything was good."

Young said he began texting her again, "The last text message was sent at 12:43 and at 12:44 there was a brick coming through my front room window." 

Another brick was thrown through the bedroom door window. The glass shattered and break cutting her young son as he lay in the room. At that point, Young filled a restraining order. Scared, she started staying with friends.

Friends like Shellie Murphy who Young said stuck by her through the entire relationship. Murphy identified herself as the survivor of brutal domestic violence, saying her attacker sent her through a wall.

When she saw Young following in the same cycle, "I had just got begun to ween away from a domestic violence and me and him still had ties so I understand." Murphy said her friendship was unconditional and that while she told Young how she felt she knew it was a choice she'd make on her own. 

Despite a restraining order, Young said Moore was undeterred. He would follow her as she drove, peep through windows, call and text nonstop. Young said that he escalated his behavior, breaking into her home and driving by unannounced. One afternoon Young's brother was in town, helping replace door locks, when Moore stopped by. Young said Moore attempted to confront her brother before pulling a gun and then shooting. A bullet hit Young's eldest daughter in the arm as she ran away.

Afraid for her life, Young moved in with Murphy. 

"We were in my room sitting not a care in the world. Jasmine saw that my face was [in shock] my eyes were big I didn't know exactly what to say," Murphy said. She said she signaled her head forward and that Moore had broken into the home, climbing into the second floor window. 

Murphy said they chose not to call police then because they had already called that day. Both women say they feared eviction with the constant police presence at the home. So instead the woman left temporarily- they returned after grabbing dinner to get some belongings to stay elsewhere for the night.

"I unlocked my door and just dropped everything," Murphy said she collapsed to her knees. Her home was in utter chaos. She believes Moore broke into her home. "He poured shampoo on the floor, every bottle of juice in the refrigerator he had opened and poured out the entire carpet was red. A creme carpet was red," Murphy said.

The two women immediately called police. As they arrived and filled out their statements, Young said she got a bad feeling "I don't know there was just something in my spirit I asked the officer can you go check on my house?"

The officer called telling her, her home was on fire. Young said Moore watched from a distance as she pulled up. He called her, describing who was at the scene and what she was wearing, when she demanded to know why he was doing this and what he wanted. Young said officers told her to stay at the scene- they would find Moore later that evening with accelerators and lighters.

Young's home was destroyed. 

"The fire marshall would not let me go in and salvage anything for two weeks and even when I went in and took the pictures it still did not hit me that this is really happening." The arrest did bring her some relief.

"Once he was arrested I kind of had a breath of fresh air. Once he was charged it was good," Young said. 

She acknowledges that she has a long road to recovery but credits her adjustment to PTSD therapy. As she waits to see Moore in court, Young said she's working on being strong for her kids - and being an advocate for other domestic violence survivors.

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