South Carolina Honors Memories of Domestic Violence Victims
Melinda Permberton died on October 15, 2009 as the result of domestic violence.
South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster led participants in the 13th annual Silent Witness Domestic Violence ceremony Tuesday on the steps of the Statehouse in Columbia.
McMaster read the names and stories of 31 women and two men from South Carolina who lost their lives as the result of domestic violence in 2009 during the emotional ceremony.
"This is a sad and solemn occasion to commemorate the lives of women and men that were lost to domestic violence," McMaster said. "It also serves to inspire us to redouble our efforts to break this tragic cycle of violence for all the people of our state, especially the children."
Edith Garrette, whose niece was killed as a result of domestic violence, doesn't want her relative's story to be forgotten.
"She was beaten by her boyfriend, in the hospital for about six weeks, and the she passed away," Garrette said.
South Carolina ranks ninth in the nation for domestic violence problems. Mc.Master has named it the No. 1 crime problem in the state.