San Angelo vigil in honor of victims of domestic violence
SAINT-ANGELO – People who have suffered at the hands of intimate partners were called back during a vigil Thursday at the San Angelo Family Shelter for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
The names of the victims were read aloud as candles representing their lives were placed outside the family shelter. The event also honored pets who have been injured in domestic violence incidents over the past year.
Valerie Tillery, director of the facility, said the impacts of domestic violence are felt across a wide swath of society.
“Tonight, like many other domestic violence centers across the state of Texas, we honor those killed by their intimate partners,” Tillery said. It is important to remember how domestic violence affects our community, our resources, our law enforcement and our justice system. “
“Breaking the cycle of violence brings families together and strengthens children’s ability to grow up in a healthier environment,” she said.
In 2020, there were a total of 228 Texans killed due to domestic violence against 185 people in the previous year, according to information provided by Tillery.
These figures included:
- 183 women
- 40 men with five men and women killed by a same-sex partner.
About 67% of the victims were killed with a firearm. The youngest victim was 14 years old while the oldest was 90 years old.
Three of the deaths occurred in the service area of the Tom Green County and Runnels County Family Shelter.
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Colin Murphey is a photojournalist covering everything going on in West Texas for the San Angelo Standard-Times. Send him a tip at CMurphey@gannett.com. Consider supporting West Texas journalism with a subscription to GoSanAngelo.com.