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Family celebrates life of slain mother, daughters

Posted: 6:23 PM, Feb 22, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-22 19:23:41-05

Saturday, loved ones paid their final respects to Amarah "Jerica" Banks and her two daughters Camaria Banks, 4, and Zaniya Ivery, 5.

Police said the three lost their lives due to domestic violence, but loved ones really focused on the short time they were able to enjoy.

Our Lady of Good Hope Catholic Church held the service which saw hundreds of people come out for visitation and home-going Saturday.

TMJ4 spoke with Antoinette Mensah, a family friend who served as the spokesperson for the family during the day.

"They loved them," Mensah said about the three victims. "They were nieces. They were grandchildren. They were daughters."

Mensah said though their lives were cut short, Saturday's services were a reminder of the positive times they've had.

"Jerica (Amarah) was an accomplished musician," Mensah recalled. "She was a violinist."

Arzel Ivery, Amarah Banks' ex-boyfriend, was charged in connection to the deaths. He received a $750,000 bond Friday.

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