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Loved ones remember domestic violence victim

July 28, 2006

Albany -- A young Dougherty County jailer murdered outside her home last month was remembered by her loved ones tonight.

Twenty-Five year-old Tasha George was gunned down. Her former boyfriend, 28-year-old Travis Smith, is charged for her murder.

"Officer Tasha George, In Memory of, on August 26, 2002 to June 16, 2006. We Love You."

Tasha George gave four years of service to the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office. Her mother and sister graciously took the flag of appreciation from Tasha's co-workers. For younger sister Denise Moffett, Tasha was a role model.

"She played as a good role. She was helping me through school, prom, everything," said Denise Moffett.

Tasha's friends from the Dougherty County Jail hosted a memorial celebration for her family. Wendy Griffin and Danny Brown met Tasha four years ago when they started jail school together.

"She was always trying to stay on top of things, trying to better herself, her career, just always trying to move towards advancement," said Wendy Griffin.

The three shared many experiences. Danny remembers joking with Tasha often.

"When we graduated from jail school we went to Ryan's, and she ate so much food and she outdid me, so yea, she could eat. So that's what I miss about her," said Danny Brown.

With laughter aside, Tasha was also a serious and spiritual person. Good friend and minister Terry Whitaker remembers the role God played in Tasha's life.

"We know she was saved, we know she loved the Lord. When the Lord calls, it's time for you to go home. We can't go back and ask why the Lord made those decisions. We just want everyone to know that we loved her and we know that she's in a better place," said Terry Whitaker.

A better place for this life cut short here on Earth, but a life that will be remembered by many for years to come.

Family members say Tasha George had ended the relationship with former boyfriend Travis Smith. He had been arrested in May for domestic violence against George.