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October 3, 2013

Task force honors domestic violence victims

Task force honors domestic violence victims

Thirty-nine pairs of shoes sat under a canopy on a set of bleachers at the corner of Fourth and Market streets Wednesday afternoon. They stood for 39 lives lost to domestic violence in Indiana from July 2013 to June 2013.

The names of the women and men were read during a Wednesday vigil by Lynda Pense, a member of the local Domestic Violence Task Force and a worker with the violence shelter in Kokomo. The names were followed by the ringing of a bell in honor of each victim.

About 40 people attended the domestic violence awareness vigil sponsored by the Domestic Violence Task Force of Cass County, to honor and pay tribute to those who lost their lives to domestic violence.

It was the first vigil the task force has had, said Jill Rife, president of the Domestic Violence Task Force. Rife said they decided to have the vigil Wednesday because October is domestic violence awareness month.

"We have domestic violence here, it does go on," Rife said.

Mayor Ted Franklin proclaimed October as domestic violence awareness month for Logansport and asked citizens to put an end to domestic violence.

Representatives with Logansport Police Department, Cass County Sheriff's Department and Indiana State Police were also present.

Lieutenant Ray Bean with LPD, who's also a member of the domestic violence task force, talked about some of the changes in awareness of domestic violence in the last 25 years. He asked those who attended to continue to keep awareness alive and current.

"The programs are not without flaws, but they have come a long way," Dean said. "We will not let the deaths go unnoticed."

Cass County Sheriff Randy Pryor talked about the importance of law enforcement agencies working together.

"It's important we work together to reach the shared goal of stamping out domestic violence," Pryor said.

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