Family shares their sister's story of domestic abuse in hopes of saving lives

TOPEKA, Kan Brandi Prchal and her sister, Harlie Torbert, took their kids trick-or-treating Halloween Night.

"We were just laughing. She was bubbly. You would not be able to tell at all that she was in an abusive relationship. And then she left and said goodbye, and I said goodbye and that was it,” Torbert said. "Then I was on scene the next night waiting for them to bring her out of the house."

Prchal was found dead Friday night inside a home filled with gas.

Her ex-boyfriend, Jeremy Lardner, was also found inside the home. He is now in jail on charges of first degree murder and criminal threat.

"The last thing I said to her...we were fighting...and um...I told her well apparently I love you more than you love yourself because I can't watch you get hurt anymore,” Prchal’s older sister, Shannon Reed, said.

Prchal’s sister said although she tried to hide her scars their sister was a victim of domestic abuse.

"She would say that she fell or she ran into a door, or she was wrestling with someone and they hit her with her head,” Reed explained.

They said she was trying to change her life. She worked for the Shawnee County Department of Corrections.

In a recording sent to a friend, Prchal talked about her choices in men.

"I have such horrible taste in men...like I just realized. Not just, but like extra today realized,” Prchal said in a recording.

Her sisters hope her story will help others.

"If this could even save one person, one child, from losing their parent from domestic abuse, then it's all worth it. I don't want her death to be for nothing. And I want the world to know exactly what he did to her,” Torbert said while holding back tears.

"He wanted her to be forgotten and gone. And I want to show everyone that she is not forgotten,” Reed added.

Prchal’s family said they are trying to be there for Brandi’s three children.

A GoFundMe account for Prchal's funeral expenses and children can be found here.

Not all signs of domestic abuse are physical. If you or someone you know may be a victim call the National Domestic Abuse Hotline at 1-800-799-7233.