Domestic Violence Vigil

, Posted: Thu, March 29 2012 at 6:34 PM, Updated: Thu, March 29 2012 at 6:49 PM

Tabasha, Elijah, Isaac, Andrew, and Aurora Criado. Bonnie Payne.
Jessica Bethany, Mikaila Upton, Kristy Huddleston, and now Liesa Werner.

These are the names of all those allegedly lost to domestic violence in just the last year.Three happening in the last week.
       
Gerry Sea, Coordinator of the Jackson County Council Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, says, "Honestly, I don't think anyone thought we were going to start out the year like this again."

Tonight, the Jackson County Council Against Domestic and Sexual Violence is holding a community vigil.  They are asking everyone to come.

Dee Anne Everson, the Executive Director of United Way, who is attending the event tells us, " I think when we begin to shine the light on the problem, the problem has to diminish. It can't withstand that kind of exposure."

The event is being held from 7-8 p.m. on the Jackson County Circuit Court steps.

It specifically remembers Kristy Huddleston and Liesa Werner.

Huddleston, shot  March 23, by her husband. Liesa, killed by her ex-boyfriend on Sunday.
  
"There's a huge ripple effect when something like this happens, and we don't think about the effect it has on everyone."

And Sea says the community is feeling that ripple. "My grandaughter goes to school with Huddlestons son."

Leading many to ask what causes this behavior. "The ultimate power, for an abuser, is to kill someone or inflict so much pain that they give up."

But Sea says we can do something about it. "Find out everything that you can about domestic violence, get yourself educated. There are people in your neighborhood who are experiencing violence"

And she hopes that just as candles are lit in remembrance, this vigil will shine light on the violence in our area.

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