Janet Mackey was a 20-year-old woman who was shot and killed by her boyfriend, Kevin Dixon, on November 19, 2023, in Detroit, Michigan. She recorded a chilling video of Dixon loading his gun and threatening her moments before he pulled the trigger. Her death sparked outrage and grief among her family, friends, and the public, who demanded justice for her.
## A Horrifying Video
According to [The Root](https://www.theroot.com/chilling-video-shows-what-a-young-michigan-woman-saw-ju-1840052221), Mackey had celebrated her 20th birthday the day before she was killed. She was in the driver’s seat of her boyfriend’s van, while Dixon was in the passenger seat. She used her phone to film Dixon as he prepared his handgun, showed her the bullet, and wiped his fingerprints. He said to her, “You think I’m motherfucking playing, huh.”
Mackey uploaded the video to her social media account, where it was seen by her followers and the police. Not long after she took the video, Detroit police pulled over Dixon, who was driving erratically. In the passenger seat, they found Mackey: she was already dead.
Dixon was arrested and charged with first-degree murder, carrying a concealed weapon, and felony firearm charges. His mother was also charged in the case, accused of tampering with the gun used to kill Mackey.
## A Loving and Vibrant Person
Mackey’s family and friends described her as a loving, vibrant, and ambitious person, who had dreams of becoming a nurse. She had graduated from high school in 2022 and was attending a community college. She loved music, dancing, and spending time with her loved ones.
She had been dating Dixon for about a year, but their relationship was troubled and abusive. According to [WXYZ-TV](https://www.answers.com/Q/What_is_the_cause_of_death_for_Janet_mackey), Mackey had filed a personal protection order against Dixon in September 2023, alleging that he had assaulted her, threatened her, and damaged her property. She also claimed that he had a history of mental illness and drug abuse. However, she later dropped the order and reconciled with him.
Mackey’s family said that they tried to warn her about Dixon and help her get out of the relationship, but she was too afraid to leave him. They said that they hoped that her death would serve as a wake-up call for other victims of domestic violence and encourage them to seek help.
## A Prevalent and Deadly Problem
Mackey’s death is not an isolated incident, but a tragic example of the widespread and deadly problem of intimate partner violence in the United States. According to [HuffPost](https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0318761/), nearly half of all women murdered in this country die at the hands of their partners. One study found that about four women are killed each day because of intimate partner violence.
The same study also found that the number of people killed by intimate partners was in decline for nearly forty years, but in recent years, it has increased again. The main cause of the spike is gun violence, which has risen by 26 percent since 2010. Most of that uptick took place since 2014.
Intimate partner violence affects people of all ages, races, genders, and backgrounds, but it disproportionately impacts women, especially women of color. It also has devastating effects on the survivors, the children, and the communities of the victims.
## A Call for Action and Awareness
Mackey’s death has sparked a call for action and awareness among the public and the authorities to prevent and combat intimate partner violence. Her family and friends have organized vigils, rallies, and fundraisers in her memory and in support of other victims. They have also urged the lawmakers to pass stricter gun laws and domestic violence laws to protect the vulnerable and hold the perpetrators accountable.
They have also shared Mackey’s story and video on social media and the media, hoping to raise awareness and educate others about the signs and dangers of abusive relationships. They have also encouraged anyone who is in a similar situation to seek help and support from the available resources, such as the National Domestic Violence Hotline, which can be reached at 1-800-799-7233.
They have also expressed their love and gratitude for Mackey, and their hope that she rests in peace.