Memphis police: Mother dead following domestic violence incident

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Friends and family are mourning the loss of a 23-year-old Raleigh mother after police say she was shot and killed overnight in her home on Sun Ridge Cove in a case of domestic violence.

They've charged Kadarrin Johnson, 22, with the murder of Darneshah Qualls and for giving deputies a scare while arresting him.

"What happened last night, she didn't deserve that," said Quall's friend Champagne Cathey. "She was all about her baby and work; that's all she did."

Qualls' loved ones said they'll remember her for her generosity, her strength and her silliness.

"She was real goofy, real friendly and she had a real good heart," said Cathey. "She'd give you the shirt off her back if she could."

Police say Johnson was the father of her child and live-in boyfriend.

"That was my little niece and she was a good-hearted person," said Qualls' uncle.

According to police documents, Qualls was inside the home with Johnson and two others when the suspect what witnesses described as assault rifle in the living room.

Documents say the 22-year-old pointed the gun at the group and demanded they get out of his house.

Kadarrin Johnson

Kadarrin Johnson

When Qualls and another person started walking towards him, Johnson became upset and opened fire, according to the affidavit.

Police said Qualls was the only one physically injured during the encounter and the others were able to run out of the home as Johnson continued to fire round after round.

According to Shelby County Sheriff's Deputies, they were forced to use pepper spray on Johnson when he resisted arrest and tried to take their weapons.

"We came outside and the street was full of police and I think it was like three ambulance down there," said neighbor Antoinette Spencer.

Neighbors said it was a very unusual occurrence in their quiet Raleigh neighborhood and said the couple had just moved in a few months ago.

"I'm shocked," said neighbor Ebony Carson.

On Tuesday evening, in the Frayser neighborhood where Darneshah grew up, her family lit candles in remembrance of the woman they loved.

"It's nothing but hurt because it's not like she was in the street life," said Cathey. "It's not like she was out here doing wrong."

Johnson's charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, employment of  firearm during the commission of a felony, aggravated assault and resisting arrest.

He is scheduled to be in court on Wednesday.