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Friends share memories of Angela Kay Devonshire

'She was one of the sweetest, funniest people I've ever known'

June 08, 2010|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

BUNKER HILL, W.VA. -- Angela Kay Devonshire was remembered Tuesday as being outspoken, friendly and one who enjoyed life.

"She wasn't a one-clique person, she was friends with everybody," said Heather Barnes, who was a couple classes ahead of Devonshire at Musselman High School.

"She could sure make you laugh. "She was feisty."

The bodies of Devonshire, 22, and her 3-year-old son were found Sunday morning inside their fire-gutted garage apartment off Sam Mason Road west of Interstate 81.

Antonio Prophet, 34, of Lorton, Va., has been charged with one count of first-degree murder in Devonshire's death, but was still at large Tuesday night.

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Prophet had been dating Devonshire for about two weeks, police have said.

Barnes said she last saw Devonshire, who graduated from Musselman High in 2005, a little more than a month ago. Devonshire was pregnant, and in their brief encounter, Devonshire borrowed Barnes' cell phone, Barnes said.

"It's a shame (the baby is) left without a mother," said Barnes, who recalled sled riding and four-wheeling with Devonshire after school.

"Angela did it all," Barnes said.

The infant, now about 6-weeks old, was found unharmed outside the home and was in the custody of Devonshire's parents, police have said.

The tragic deaths of Devonshire and her son have impacted the entire South Berkeley community, said Centra Bank vice president Joyce Kees.

"In South Berkeley, we have a very strong family tie," said Kees, who grew up with Devonshire's parents and said she watched their daughter grow up, too.

Kees, who is active with Musselman High's alumni association, said that she established a fund at Centra Bank's Inwood, W.Va., location for the Devonshire family. Contributions may be sent to The Devonshire Fund, c/o Joyce Kees, Centra Bank, P.O. Box 1729, Inwood, WV 25428 or dropped off at any location of Centra Bank, Kees said.

"We're hoping to help them get through this," Kees said.

"It's a very sad and tragic situation," Kees said. "Our prayers go out to the family."

Barnes was among more than 195 people who had joined a Facebook group ' RIP Angela Devonshire & Andre White" that was created on the social networking website Monday night by Larisha Campbell, according to the site.

"I have so many funny memories of her," Campbell posted on the group site. "We had grown apart since high school, but she was one of the sweetest, funniest people I've ever known... A life taken (too) short."

The bodies of Devonshire and her son, Andre White, were found in the garage below their residence at 69 Sydney's Way, police have said.

It appeared that the woman's throat might have been cut, according to a criminal complaint.

Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Jean Games-Neely said Tuesday night that she has preliminary autopsy findings on the cause and manner of death of both victims, but is not releasing the information because the suspect is still at large and because the West Virginia Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has not verified identification of Devonshire and her son's body. Both bodies were badly burned in the fire, Games-Neely said.

The fire originated in the living room area of the residence, and it appeared that both victims fell through the floor of the living room area of the garage apartment as the residence burned, according to court records.

Firefighters were dispatched to the house fire at 4:37 a.m. Sunday. The bodies of an adult and a child were found inside after the fire was brought under control and evidence at the scene indicated homicide, police have said.

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