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Fund Established For Jackie Neal's Sons

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It's been ten days since Baton Rouge Blues singer Jackie Neal was killed in what police are calling a case of domestic violence turned deadly. Saturday the Neal family spoke with 9 News in their first interview since their loved one's death.

Family members say it still hasn't really hit them yet. Jackie's brother Rayful says he can't believe his sister Jackie is gone, but the Neal family has three reminders that Jackie's death is nothing short of reality. Their names are Tyrone, Tyrell, and John. Those are Jackie's sons, ages 18, 17, and 14, the three boys the famous blues singer left behind.

"She was the joy of our life," says Jackie's sister Darlene Williams,"and for him to come and take her away..."

Darlene Williams is referring to 39-year-old James White. He's the man police say shot and killed her sister. Darlene says the past week and a half has been hard for this close-knit family, a family that feels like, once again, a part of them is gone.

"She hid a lot of stuff from us," says Williams. "We just didn't know that James was that violent...we didn't know that."

Williams says White did know. He knew what this would mean to their family.

"He know what we've been through," says Williams, "and to send us through this again...I just don't understand why...why would he do that?"

You see Jackie's death makes the third time in one year the Neals have had a loved one ripped from their family. Last April they lost a brother,and in September, their father. Once again, this family knows it's time to pull together.

The family has started up a fund to help them take care of the three boys their single sister leaves behind.

"They handling it pretty good," says Rayful Neal, Jackie's brother. "I think they gone be alright. But I don't think it hit them...like us...it just don't seem real."

As they work to cope with the reality, they hope that many who knew and loved her will remember for her smile, for her laughter, for her music. The Neal family has set up a fund for Tyrone, Tyrell, and John.

You can make a donation at any Bank One location. The account is called "The Sons of Jackie Neal" and the account number is 651-47-1971 . They say anything friends and fans would like to contribute to help out will be greatly appreciated.

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