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Survivor Speaks Out After Deadly Shooting In Fayetteville

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) — One man is facing murder charges after shooting two women at a Fayetteville apartment complex Thursday (March 14) night.

According to the arrest affidavit, Dekota Harvey, 22, fired several shots at two women shortly after 9:30 p.m. at the South Creekside Apartments, 900 N. Leverett Ave., only a few blocks from the University of Arkansas.

Courtney Willie (L), Elizabeth Dawson (R).

The two victims have been identified as Elizabeth Dawson, 20, and Courtney Willie, 21, according to a press release from the Fayetteville Police Department. Willie was treated for non-life threatening injuries and Dawson died from a single gunshot wound.

Willie told 5NEWS that Harvey is her ex-boyfriend and that he became angry with her and jealous of her and Dawson's relationship. She told 5NEWS that he came back to the apartment after being kicked out to gather his belongings. That's when Harvey shot Willie and Dawson.

"She was so full of love and so full of hurt but she didn’t let that phase her she cared about other people even though she would get hurt even more," Willie said.

Willie and Dawson had plans to get married this coming week. Willie says her future wife was a light in her life and she loved her more than anything. She is now dealing with the pain of losing who she says was her best friend.

"I hate that there is people that filled with hate and rage in their heart that they would take that away from others," Willie said.

Willie says in a blink of an eye the person who brought so much joy to her life was gone.

"She was my best friend she’s just everything to me and within 15 minutes she was taken from me, and that just hurts way worse than anything that could have happened," Willie said.

Willie is now recovering from her own injuries but says nothing compares to losing the one you love.

"I’d rather be shot a million times than lose her or lose anyone like her," Willie said. "I’m trying to push through because she was my sunshine and I'm trying to show her I can still smile and be happy because she took a lot of pain for me."

Willie wants everyone to know that she appreciates all of the love and kind words extended to her and Elizabeth during this time.

Dekota Harvey, 22

Harvey was taken into custody at the Applegate Appartments in Springdale after a standoff Friday (March 15) morning. A resident at the apartment told 5NEWS that she had seen Harvey at the apartment complex before.

The identities of the people leasing the apartment Harvey was found at has not been released by police.

Harvey is being charged with capital murder and attempted capital murder. He is currently being held without bond at the Washington County Detention Center. He is due in court on Monday (March 18).

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