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Yakima vigil remembers domestic violence survivors

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YAKIMA, Wash- Thirty percent of female homicide victims are killed by an intimate partner, that's according to the Department of Justice.  Wednesday night in Yakima the YWCA held a candlelight vigil to honor those who have lost their lives to domestic violence. 

Speakers included the mayor, the county sheriff, and a YPD detective.  Survivors also shared their stories.  One girl talked about surviving her parent's abusive relationship.

"I'm happy and I'm not scared anymore mostly, cuz I live here now and they protect me", says Becky Gomez.

The vigil took place in the courtyard of the YWCA's transitional housing complex.   Their program allows women who have left their abusers to rebuild their lives before moving back into the world.