Columbia's Silent Witness remember those lost to domestic violence
Family members of domestic violence victim Tasha Lucia shed tears as they share memeories of their loved one.
Dale Wells discusses how he survived a domestic violence attack from his ex girlfriend who often physically and verbally abused him.
By Shana Bethea
South Carolina ranks second in the nation in the number of women killed by men. Every October people gather at the Statehouse to hold the silhouettes of their slain loved ones killed in the pass year so as these violent acts are never forgotten.
Two of people were Brittaney Crotts and Kimberly Lucia, the sister and mother of Tasha Lucia, who lost her life at the hands of her boyfriend.
"She was my oldest sister and best friend. The one I looked up to for everything." said Crotts.
Kimberly Lucia, Tasha's mom, has come to the ceremony because she feels she needs to be there.
"Unfortunately it has come to this. No mother should ever have to attend a ceremony like this," Kimberly said.
The State Attorney General Alan Wilson read the 47 names of 38 female and eight male domestic violence victims.
Dale Wells is a domestic violence survivor who thinks this memorial is necessary.
"This ceremony is getting bigger and bigger every year. It gets the message out that these issues are happening. I look forward to the day when there is one silhouette being held there," Wells said.
Wells has attended Silent Witness for the past seven years and will continue to come as a sign that getting out of a domestic violent relationship is possible.
"I will never call myself victim, because I was victorious." he said proudly.