June 25, 2004
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE MEMORIAL MARCH:
ADVOCACY COUNCIL INVITES CITIZENS TO MARCH SILENTLY
Charlotte, NC - On Tuesday, June 29, 2004, some Mecklenburg County residents will march in memory of a man who lost his life due to domestic violence. The march will take place from 5:15 p.m. until 6 p.m. on the square at Trade and Tryon Streets in Charlotte. Participants are encouraged to wear black.
This will be the first march this year memorializing a domestic violence homicide victim in Mecklenburg County. Police found Rodney Dylan Council, 33, in his home on Wednesday evening when they responded to a call from Mr. Council’s cousins. He had been missing about 10 days. They found he had been shot to death and covered by a blanket. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have arrested and charged his intimate partner, Tarra Darnel Mixon, 32, with murder.
This is the 11th domestic violence homicide of the year in North Carolina, according to the N.C. Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCCADV). There were 68 murders in the state last year with seven of those taking place in Mecklenburg County. The NCCADV also reports that only one of the 68 murders last year was a man killed by his ex-girlfriend. According to a 2002-2003 report from the N.C. Council for Women, 5,579 men and 39,316 women have received assistance from various North Carolina domestic violence services.
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, Women First, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department-Domestic Violence Unit, Victim Assistance and others.
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.
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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