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SC Domestic Violence Victims Remembered at Statehouse

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Onlookers gather at the State House to remember South Carolina's 2010 victims of domestic violence. Onlookers gather at the State House to remember South Carolina's 2010 victims of domestic violence.

By:  Lauren Hinnant

A bell rang out once for each of the 44 victims who were lost to domestic violence.  A State House ceremony honored those killed in South Carolina last year.

The Silent Witness Ceremony was held on the stairs of the State House yesterday to mark the first week of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  Victims' family members and friends gathered to remembered their lost loved ones.

Participant Angelica Earle joined in the remembrance today.  She carried a life-sized silhouette across the steps of the State House.  One cut-out represented one of the 44 lives lost.

"It's never expected.  And I mean, it's hurtful for me to be here.  Yes.  To even say that my sister was murdered," said Earle.

South Carolina rose in the ranks of domestic violence cases to number seven.  Last year, this ceremony remembered 33 lives. 

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, Sister Care is an organization that can help you through the turmoil.

 

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