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Murdered mom Commen Gunn was ‘a lightweight to the world,’ buddies say


Mar 17, 2023

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – Associates say an area mother was so stuffed with grace and willpower that you simply’d by no means know the turmoil of her house life – home violence, courtroom orders, and fights.

The turmoil finally took her life, in keeping with authorities.

Deputies say Commen Gunn, 48, was shot late Wednesday within the 200 block of Brandywine Place by her husband, Shawn Gunn. He’s within the hospital now after a shootout with deputies, authorities say.

Regulation enforcement experiences present there have been years of conflicts between the couple.


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She’d sought assist earlier than by way of Secure Houses and had filed non permanent restraining orders in opposition to her husband, who had a historical past of arrests.

Associates say they’re devastated.

“I used to be simply devastated as a result of if you happen to knew Commen or noticed her round, you’ll simply by no means suppose that she was going by way of all of that, you understand, and he or she was nonetheless urgent ahead,” mentioned her good friend Samantha Avera. “It was simply very heartbreaking. I imply, it simply actually shook me up all day. It actually did.”

That speaks rather a lot about her perseverance and her character, Avera mentioned.

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There could have been hints right here and there.

“Defending my peace is my primary precedence,” Commen Gunn mentioned in her final Fb publish, just some hours earlier than she was killed.

She was somebody who gave again to the neighborhood by organizing the Augusta Legends Awards, an all-white occasion at Bentlee’s Closet, the Augusta Grammy’s, and a pop-up store for the Masters.

She was an instance that when folks take day out of their day to create one thing for the neighborhood they stay in, “which means they’re going above and past them simply working and making a living,” mentioned Ronic West of the Augusta Black Chamber of Commerce.

“It’s an enormous loss once you lose anyone like that in the neighborhood,” West mentioned.

There have been flowers in her honor Thursday outdoors Bentlee’s Closet, the Augusta kids’s boutique she named after her daughter so children might gown up affordably.

It wasn’t simply her philanthropy but in addition her character that made a distinction on the planet.

“She was simply all the time supportive,” Avera mentioned. “She simply was genuinely a loving individual. When you met her, you felt like you have got all the time identified her eternally.”

West mentioned: “She’s all the time very bubbly … a lightweight. Like each time you’ve seen her, you all the time knew she was going to provide you a smile. It’s going to be exhausting to enter rooms and never see her there.”

She was somebody with a “large character,” Avera mentioned – and an enormous coronary heart to go along with that.

“She was daring,” Avera mentioned. “When she thought it, she was going to say it. However she all the time dealt with you with love.”


And he or she was all the time there for her daughter.

“She was simply so loving, so supportive. She was her daughter’s greatest advocate,” Avera mentioned. “After I take into consideration a mother-daughter relationship, they’re the primary ones that come to thoughts as a result of all the pieces she did was about, you understand: establishing some sort of basis for her daughter. She was simply all about that.”

Both manner, her dying is a loss not simply to her daughter however to many, her buddies mentioned.

“It’s an amazing loss to the neighborhood,” Averea mentioned. “She’s such a lightweight to the world.”