WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) Friends and family members of a woman who was found dead after a house fire Friday in Wichita gathered on Saturday night to remember her at a vigil.
Dane Wright was booked into jail overnight on charges of murder, arson and endangering a child. Police believe Wright took three children on Friday night, which eventually led to an Amber Alert. The children were eventually found at a hotel and Wright was found at a nearby grocery store. Police have not released the victim's name and the family has asked us to with hold releasing it for now.
"She didn't judge people. She didn't pass judgment. She felt like she could save everybody, and she would die for the people that she loved," said Valyn Burrell a former co-worker and friend for eight years.
Burrell says her friend dated Dane Wright for around five years and the couple had a child together. She also remembers their hard times during the relationship.
"(Wright) said that he would kill her," said Burrell. "I think it just became so common, that she swept it under the rug, like it was a common occurrence."
The victim's friend says she tried to tell her to leave on several occasions, but her good-heartedness and fear got in the way.
"I told her, all the time, I just told her to leave," Burrell said. "And she wouldn't because her heart is so big and she always saw the good even in the worst people."
"When you're weakened by your abuser and that person is also able to make you feel good, it's kind of a double-edged sword," said Burrell. "Because she thought she could save him."
As mentioned, the victim's name has not been released by police or her family, but the family did give us permission to share a GoFundMe page for the surviving family members.
Wright remains in the Sedgwick County Jail.