Man to be charged with shooting death after Youngstown mother taken off life support

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The woman who family members said was shot by her ex-boyfriend has died, the Mahoning County Coroner confirmed.

Danekua Bankston was on life support but family members said they took her off on Tuesday after she was declared brain dead.

Police said Kyle Rice, her ex-boyfriend and the father of her children, shot Bankston several times on Friday.

Danekua’s three children were home with her at the time. Her 2-year-old son was in bed with her.

Dana Wallace, Danekua’s father, said she was a wonderful mother who put her kids first.

“That’s a hurting thing,” he said. “To do it while the kids were there and to do it, period. It was senseless.”

Dana learned early that his daughter was particular about her hair.

“I tried to do her hair — do her and her sister’s hair — and from that day on, she was like, ‘No, dad. You ain’t touching our hair no more.’ So she started doing hair then, at the age of 7,” he said.

That turned into a lifelong love of doing hair — for classmates, friends and her entire family.

“She was the only one I’d let do my hair,” said Dajanae Bankston, Danekua’s sister.

That came to an end last week, when Danekua was shot several times at her Oregon Avenue home.

“That was a coward. That wasn’t no man,” Dana said.

Danekua’s family thinks Kyle Rice killed her because she ended the relationship, which they described as abusive.

“She was a beautiful person inside and outside. We was in the car two weeks ago — me, my sister and her — and turned around and she said, ‘Aunt D, do you think he gonna shoot me and kill me?'” Doretha Bankston said. “Me and my sister was shocked to hear that because we never heard her say that before.”

Danekua’s friend, Tracee Banks, was also a victim of domestic violence — killed by an ex-boyfriend in 2010.

“To any female now — if you see anything, any signs of abusive things, get out if you can’t tell somebody. Don’t wait until it’s too late,” Dana said.

Danekua’s family will now dedicate themselves to raising her three children.

Kyle Rice was arrested on an attempted murder charge last weekend. Now that Danekua has died, Youngstown Law Director Jeff Limbian said he will be arraigned on a murder charge on Friday.

Danekua Bankston Obituary

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