On Tuesday, outside the Food Lion where she was employed for a year, there is a makeshift memorial with flowers and written words of comfort.
The items stand where the 23-year-old was gunned down while on her break.
“Loving him took her life,” Shronda stated, her voice quivering with emotion.
Marcus Tyrell Hargrove, 23, her estranged live-in boyfriend of two years, is accused of pulling the trigger.
Henderson Police say while Gay was taking a break, Hargrove pulled out a gun and shot her in the head.
On Tuesday, ABC11 discovered in court documents that Hargrove violated his restraining order.
Two weeks ago, Gay filed the order after she alleged the suspect pistol-whipped her at their home.
The attack was so severe that doctors put staples in her head.
Gay’s cousin, Shronda went with her to court.
“He kissed at her,” Shronda said. “And I told her then that he was going to be a problem. But I didn’t think he was going to do this.”
Gay died at the Duke Hospital on Monday, which is on the same day Hargrove turned himself in to police.
Family members say Gay is a former officer in the Navy and had just gotten accepted into college at Strayer University.
Marcus Tyrell Hargrove, 23, of Vance County turned himself in to law enforcement on Monday. Police said they expected to charge him with first-degree murder.
This Sunday would have been her 24th birthday.
“She had her whole life. So much that she could do. I just hope he gets everything he deserves and more,” Shronda said.
The family has set up a GoFundMe page to help with funeral arrangements.
In honor of Gay’s birthday, on Sunday, the family will hold a vigil near the Food Lion parking lot.