Candlelight Vigil to honor those lost because of domestic violence
During tonight's candlelight vigil honoring those who have been killed as a result of domestic violence, several speakers talked about the importance of coming together each and every year.
Since 2008 over 30 people have died do to violence in the home, and leaders of Domestic Violence Services in the Tri-Cities say only by continuing these vigils will we be able to raise more awareness and hopefully put a stop to the violence.
"It shows that everyone cares and it's really good for people in abusive relationships because it shows to them that there are people out there who care and that they can reach out to others. There is someone out there to help," Angel Montelongo said, who lost her sister Juanita Montelongo in 2002.
Domestic violence leaders say 376 DM victims and their children stayed in the shelter in the past year. They have also answered more than 8,000 phone calls and helped with nearly 400 protection orders.