During the dark hours of August 23, 2015—while many New Yorkers were fast asleep—Asha Stringfield was fighting for her life against a man intent on brutalizing her. The man, a former boyfriend, had a history of abuse and had previously been ordered to stay away from the young woman. According to court records and media reports, while Asha lay on her bed in Brooklyn, the man beat her in the head and face with his fists and tried to strangle her. In what could have been his final act, he pulled her from the bed by her hair, pointed a firearm at her head and said to give him “two reasons not to shoot” her.