Slain dental assistant's daughter worried about mother's safety - WKRN News 2

Slain dental assistant's daughter worried about mother's safety

Posted: Updated: June 5, 2012 09:44 PM
Gina Strange said she called her mother a number of times in the days leading up to her death. Gina Strange said she called her mother a number of times in the days leading up to her death.
was found shot to death inside a Green Hills dentist office on Crestmoor Road Monday morning. was found shot to death inside a Green Hills dentist office on Crestmoor Road Monday morning.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

The daughter of a woman who was gunned down by her estranged husband said she was worried about her mother who endured years of abuse before she was killed on Monday morning.

Gina Strange's mother, Vickie Pearsall, was found shot to death inside a Green Hills dentist office on Crestmoor Road where she worked.

Her body was discovered by her employer, Dr. John Williams just after 7 a.m.

"I seen there was a murder at John Williams' office and the first thing I thought was I knew it was my mama," Strange told Nashville's News 2.

Strange said she knew her mother was in danger after she filed for divorce from her husband, Gilbert after nearly 10 years of marriage.

"He was very mean to her. He was very abusive to her." she said. "I thought this time she was really gone. Because she had been away for a while and I knew she wasn't going to go back."

She continued, "I was so happy because I knew when she got away from him for good she would be okay and I wouldn't have to worry about her anymore."

Metro police said Gilbert Pearsall was the prime suspect in the case.

The 53-year-old man was found dead a few hours after the crime from an apparent gunshot wound on Interstate 24 in Kentucky.

"There was no doubt in my mind who did it," Strange said.

Strange told Nashville's News 2 she had to help her mother leave her home on multiple occasions.

"There were many of times I had to go over there and help get her out of the house," she said.

The grieving daughter said she urges anyone who is in a violent relationship to seek help.

"This could be your mother or your daughter. You need to get away as soon as you can. I don't want anybody to go through this," Strange said.

Vickie Pearsall leaves behind three children and seven grandchildren.

Her funeral is scheduled for Friday in Nashville.

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