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2003 News from Mecklenburg County

January 29, 2003

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE MEMORIAL MARCH:
ADVOCACY COUNCIL INVITES CITIZENS TO MARCH SILENTLY

Charlotte, NC - Next Tuesday, February 4, 2003, men and women from Mecklenburg and Cabarrus counties will march in memory of two women who lost their lives this week due to domestic violence.  The march will begin at 5:15 p.m. on the square at Trade and Tryon Streets in Charlotte.   

This will be the second march this month memorializing Mecklenburg County's second domestic violence murder victim of 2003.  Nicole Renee Miller, 19, was found murdered in her Charlotte apartment yesterday, and her boyfriend was arrested in a bus station in Richmond, Virginia, while trying to flee to New York.  There have been at least three other domestic violence murders in surrounding counties this year, including Naomi Estes, 44, who was found in the trunk of her car in Concord yesterday.  Her husband confessed to strangling her on Sunday night. 

The memorial march is organized by the Domestic Violence Advocacy Council, which includes representatives from: Mecklenburg County Women's Commission, Department of Social Services, Sheriff's Office, Shelter for Battered Women, WomenFirst, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department-Domestic Violence Unit, Community Link, United Way and others.  Participants are encouraged to wear black attire in memory of those who have died as a result of domestic violence.

The Domestic Violence Advocacy Council will continue to organize these marches every Tuesday following a domestic violence-related murder in Mecklenburg County.  They will take place at the same time and location.  These ongoing marches have three objectives:

· To pay tribute to those who fall victim to the all-too-common violent crime of domestic violence.
· To underscore to the community the scale of the problem of domestic abuse and its effects on the community.
· To galvanize the community in the effort to reduce domestic abuse through support of victims and intervention for batterers.

Free parking for the march is available at the Hal Marshall County Services Center at 700 North Tryon Street or the 7th Street Station parking garage.  A free trolley runs the length of Tryon Street every seven minutes.

For more information on the effects of domestic violence in our community, call the Mecklenburg County Women's Commission at (704) 336-3210 or the Shelter for Battered Women 24-hour hotline at (704) 332-2513.



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