Family speaks after Franklin Co. mom allegedly murdered by her estranged husband

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A young mother strangled and killed, and police believe her estranged husband is responsible. 

It happened in Winchester Jan. 2. 

The family of Samantha Nicole Brooks-Hill is speaking out for the first time in hopes of helping others who may be dealing with domestic violence. 

“She was full of life she was just an itty-bitty package of dynamite,” Nicole’s sister Angela Patterson told News 2. 

The life of Nicole was cut short at 25 years old. 

“I still feel numb. I just wasn’t expecting that I was going to have to bury my little sister and raise her children.” 

Patterson can’t shake the thought from her mind. 

“All I can think of is she was fighting him off with all that she had in her little body.” 

A police report states that Nicole was strangled by James “Roman” Hill. 

Nicole’s family says she had left her estranged husband nearly a year ago after an altercation. She also had an order of protection against the father of her two young children. 

“She just wanted a family for her kids, and he played on that,” Patterson stated. 

She says Roman lured Nicole over with their 2-year-old that Wednesday afternoon, with promises of money and closure on their divorce. 

“I asked her not to and she said I won’t be gone long mom it’s ok and she said I love you and walked out and I never saw her, never spoke to her no more after that,” Nicole’s mother Ruby Brooks told News 2. 

Police responded to the home on South Shepherd Street to find Nicole unresponsive. 

“He did this act right in front of his little 2-year-old and never looked back,” said Brooks. 

Nicole’s family says he threatened to kill her a year ago and followed through with his promise. 

“No one deserves to be killed, no one deserves to be strangled until they could no longer breath,” expressed Patterson. 

Nicole’s mother has words for her daughter’s killer. 

“He lost, he didn’t win, he lost. He lost everything.” 

She also has advice for others who may be dealing with domestic violence. 

“Be aware there is signs right from the beginning, but when someone starts monopolizing your time, your thoughts, your friends and starts to isolate you those are the first signs of control.” 

The family has started a GoFundMe to help with expenses for the 1 and 2-year-old children that were left behind. For more information click here 

James Roman Hill is in the Franklin County Jail facing homicide charges. He is scheduled to appear in court Jan. 31.

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