According to the criminal complaint, Kowaleski's aunt, Barbra Harrington, took the phone and told Slagle to meet her and Kowaleski at the end of the street to "settle this once and for all."
Graham said Slagle called her at 6 p.m. to say she was about to go fight with Kowaleski, but gave no indication of danger.
"Liz would have never went if she knew her life was going to be put in danger," Graham said. "Especially because she had a daughter to live for."
Slagle told Graham she had her Taser.
"She carries it everywhere she goes," Graham said. "She carries it to my house. She carries it to her mom's house. Liz wouldn't leave home without her Taser."
According to the complaint, Harrington told Kowaleski to grab and hold her handgun for protection before they left.
The three women met at the end of Slagle's street in Bluefield.
When Graham got there, she said, the three women were arguing. Kowaleski told police she turned to walk away when Slagle lunged at her with the Taser, according to the complaint. Kowaleski said she lifted her hand to push Slagle off and the gun fired, according to the complaint.
Slagle was taken to Bluefield Regional Medical Center where she was pronounced dead. Kowaleski remains in Southern Regional Jail.
Graham said the community is devastated by the slaying and are coming together to help the two women's daughters.
"We just feel sorry for both girls," she said. "Both girls are going to go through life without their mothers."
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