Children of Gwinnett woman allegedly killed by husband speak out

We’re learning new information about a mother of six killed inside her Gwinnett County home last week.

Erica Powell’s children say she was a victim of domestic violence. Her husband, Walter Lowe, turned himself in over the weekend on murder charges. 

According to police, Lowe shot Powell in the head, inside their home.

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Her children say they believe authorities could have done more to protect their mother.

"All we want is justice for our beautiful mother," one of Powell's daughters said.

Powell's children describe her as a superwoman, saying she gave endlessly, never hesitating to lend a helping hand. And it's her big heart that, they say, caused her to see the good in people.

"She wanted to see the best in people and give people unlimited benefit of the doubt," her daughter said.

Powell's children say that's actually what she did when she met Lowe, the man now charged with her murder.

It's not the first time police have been called to the home.

In 2015, police arrested Lowe for allegedly hitting and threatening to kill Powell.

According to the district attorney's office, a magistrate judge granted bond, with the condition Lowe go nowhere near Powell nor return to their home.

But court records show, weeks after the arrest, Powell petitioned the court to drop the charges and asked that he be allowed back in the home.

The DA's office wouldn't drop the charges, but a judge did allow Lowe to go home, despite the DA's concerns.

Powell's children believe their mother was manipulated by Lowe, and she believed he cared about her.

"For anybody going through a situation like this, there's help out there," Powell's daughter said.

The district attorney’s office says, while Powell wanted the charges dropped against Lowe, they refused because they felt he was dangerous.

According to arrest warrants, in the 2015 case, Lowe is accused of hitting Powell in the head, back and neck with his fist several times. He tore up her clothes, prevented her from calling 911 and screamed at her, saying he would kill her, the warrant said.

Prosecutors never dropped those 2015 charges.