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Shooting victim's family: Estranged husband a 'coward'

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Rosetta Johnson and family member Rosetta Johnson and family member
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A mother is devastated by the loss of her daughter. Police believe her estranged husband shot her to death in her own car.

The incident happened Wednesday, when authorities say Donnie Ray Plater forced Cindy Johnson into a car a gunpoint. A high-speed chase ensued when police spotted the car.

Police believe Johnson was killed during the chase, before they say Plater started firing at them. Officers shot and killed him.

Now, Johnson's family speaks out.

"Can you bring her back?" asks Johnson's mother, Rosetta Johnson.

Rosetta Johnson has fought bout after bout of tears at the thought that her daughter is gone. And, according to police, it was her estranged husband who shot and killed her.

"She wanted a divorce, and the divorce would have been  final in November. He kept on stalking her," Rosetta Johnson says.

The family wants the Plater name dropped; they want her to be known only as Cindy Johnson, a mother of two, beloved daughter, sister, niece.

Now, she also is the latest victim of domestic violence turned deadly.

The grieving mother says she spotted Donnie Plater hours before the fatal shooting, early that morning in an ally behind Rosetta Johnson's house.

She believes that Plater followed his estranged wife as she ran errands that morning, eventually hopping into her car and holding her at gunpoint before, as police say, shooting her to death.

Chris Johnson, Cindy's brother, says, "He started out like a brother, and then he became something else."

The family believes that Plater had no intention of going to jail after what he had allegedly done to his wife.

Says Gussie Clark, the victim's aunt: "He was a coward for taking her life like that because he didn't even want to go to jail for it."

It ended on George Road north of Shreveport, where police shot and killed Plater.

Rosetta Johnson has a message for women who are stuck in violent relationships.

"Please get out of it. It's not worth your life. It was not worth my daughter's life."

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