A Life Taken: Darneshah Qualls


Tuesday, September 13th, the day a life was cut terribly short. Darneshah Qualls, 23, was murdered by her boyfriend, Kadarrin Johnson. The incident occurred at their home in Memphis, TN. Around 12:30a.m., Johnson walked into the house, armed with a rifle, and pointed it at the people in the home. Qualls and another person approached Johnson and tried to calm him down. Instead Johnson opened fire. Qualls was shot, but the two other witnesses escaped unharmed.

When the police arrived, Johnson resisted arrested and tried to take one of the officer’s gun. The officer pepper sprayed Johnson and finally restrained and arrested him. He was charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault, resisting arrest and using a firearm during a felony.

According to a close friend of Qualls, Johnson and Qualls had been high school sweethearts. They’d just moved into their home two months ago. The friend went on to say that was the first time she’d heard of Johnson becoming violent. In my opinion, I’m sure there was a lot Qualls may have kept from family and friends. None of us know what goes on behind the closed doors of someone else’s home. I’m also sure that even though this may be the first time anyone has ever heard of Johnson being violent, this wasn’t his first time.

So many were shocked to find out I was going through hell, when all they saw was a smile on my face. And that may be exactly what Qualls went through. There is still no information on why Johnson turned violent and murdered Qualls. But I promise to update you with more information as it is released.

Darneshah left behind a 5-year-old daughter. My heart breaks to hear that another life has been taken by the man that said he loved her.

Finally, I urge those of you who are in abusive relationships to get out before it’s too late. I know it’s hard and terrifying, but please get out now. It could save your life.

~There is life after abuse~



The Qualls family has set up a GoFundMe Page to help with funeral cost. To donate click here.

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