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Daughter recalls watching her mother set on fire by ex-boyfriend in Jefferson County

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Deborah Prater was killed after her ex-boyfriend doused her with gasoline and then threw a lit cigarette at her, setting her on fire. Deborah Prater was killed after her ex-boyfriend doused her with gasoline and then threw a lit cigarette at her, setting her on fire.
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Family members are mourning the loss of a Jefferson County woman who died after he ex-boyfriend doused her with gasoline and set her on fire.

Deborah Prater, 49, was attacked and burned in her Edgewater home last month. She died two days after she was taken to the hospital.

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Her ex-boyfriend, Michael Kennedy, has been charged with murder and remains in the Bessemer jail. Prater's family is hoping he stays there for awhile.

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"This lady will be missed. She have three new grandchildren. She'll really be missed," said Cherry Woodson, Prater's daughter.

Woodson was at her mother's home in Edgewater the night authorities say Kennedy attacked Prater.

"She was standing at the end of this couch. And that's when he poured the gasoline on her face and it just ran down her body. And he threw a cigarette on her and she was just in flames," Woodson recalled. "She called my name once and I opened up the door and my mama was in flames. . . And I thought about a jug of water in our refrigerator and I put my mama out."

RELATED: Jefferson County woman dies after being set on fire by ex; capital murder charges expected (July 29, 2014)

Kennedy and Prater had been in an on-and-off relationship for the last three years. It was a relationship that Woodson says often got violent.

"The police came here several times for him threatening my mama saying he was going to pour gas around her house. He was going to run an 18-wheeler through my mom's bedroom window."

Though the relationship was rocky, Woodson says no one ever thought the violence would lead to her mother's death.

Now, Woodson is hoping their tragic situation will be used as a lesson for others.

"If y'all see somebody that not right for y'all mama, call somebody, tell somebody," she said. "Don't let it get too far. This is too late. I'm holding my mama's picture up because it's too late; she's gone."

Too late for Prater and her family, but for so many others in similar situations, there's still hope.

The Deborah Prater Memorial Fund has been set up at Wells Fargo Bank. It will help her family cover some of the expenses that have occurred as a result of her death.

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