Memorial Wall : victims of domestic abuse

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This Memorial Wall is our tributes to those who have died as a result of child abuse, domestic violence, rape, religious abuse, or other types of abuse. Some of these people we knew personally, others we only heard of. Abuse is not a theoretical concept, it happens to real people, and costs lives. It's important to honor those we lost to abuse by telling their stories, so that the secret that killed them does not remain secret, and so that other lives might be saved, as a result of increased awareness.
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January 28th:
Lareeb Khan
died on January 28th, 2015

Lareeb, a 19yo dental technician from Germany, was a victim of honour killing. Her mom said, "Lareeb stayed away from the home for several nights in a row and stopped wearing the headscarf. One day we received a letter from the police saying she had been caught trying to steal condoms. At this point it became clear that there was sexual contact. When I showed the letter to my husband he snapped." Lareeb was grounded and beaten, but continued seeing her boyfriend. One night her father strangled her to death with his bare hands. The judge said, "You lived in two cultural worlds. It is not the case that you may not be allowed to live in your own culture. But you must also deal with our values."


Posted by Manya on July 5th, 2016
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January 29th:
Adeline Hill
died on January 29th, 2018

A 66-year-old mother Adeline Hill and her 42-year-old daughter were found with gunshot wounds to their heads inside a home in the 1200 block of Greeby Street, just before 11:30 p.m. Monday. Police say Adeline, who was in a wheelchair, was found on the first floor and the daughter was found on the second floor. Both were pronounced dead at the scene. Police found a gun inside the home but it’s not clear if it’s the murder weapon. The daughter’s 39-year-old boyfriend who lives inside the home was taken for questioning.


Posted by Jane on June 18th, 2018
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February 1st:
Rebecca Eldemire
died on February 1st, 2015

21yo Rebecca from Ohio, USA, was a junior student at Miami University, geography major. She was killed by her boyfriend the day after they broke up. He took it hard, so hard that she called the police for protection when she discovered he's coming to her house the next day. But when he arrived and was frisked by the police (because she knew he had guns and was concerned about it) - they spoke some and she let him in and told the police officers all was fine. When the police left, he went back to his car, got his gun, shot Rebecca, and then himself. miamistudents.net published a great page titled "The Becca We Remember," with tons of people who knew Rebecca sharing what she was like. "We don't want her to be remembered just as the girl who died," said Alicia. "We want her to be known as the girl who lived; a girl who had a strong spirit and loved everything on the Earth."


Posted by Manya on June 26th, 2016
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February 4th:
Melvin Roberts
died on February 4th, 2010

Melvin Roberts was very successful. In the early 70s he'd served on the city council in York, South Carolina, then went on to be elected as the mayor. After a two-year term he carved out a career as a defense attorney. Melvin was very well known and respected in the community. His job made him wealthy. He had worked hard for his money in a career that spanned more than 50 years. Melvin's girlfriend of 10 years was Julia Phillips. Throughout their relationship he'd paid all her bills and treated her to luxuries such as beach holidays. After his death friends would claim that things between Melvin and Julia were tense. On February 4, 2010, Melvin was found strangled to death in his home. There was also a bullet hole in his clothes but the shot missed him. Julia told police that a man had broken into their home to rob them. It was later proven that she had staged the home invasion story...that she had murdered him.


Posted by Jane on June 15th, 2018
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February 8th:
Kelly Thompson
died on February 8th, 2014

Her family and friends say Kelly Thompson, 43, was always the first to dream up ideas, invite people along, share her life with those she loved. But in her last days the Point Cook woman was also terrified, stalked by her obsessive, jealous ex-partner, Wayne Wood. Such was her distress that on her last night alive Ms Thompson fell asleep with three kitchen knives on her bedside table, a talisman against fear. Her body was found in her home in February 2014, after Wood broke into her home, stabbed her to death and then took his own life.


Posted by Jane on June 18th, 2018
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February 9th:
Dale Harrell
died on February 9th, 2009

Marissa Devault, 36, killed her husband Dale Harrell in a failed bid to collect on a life insurance policy to repay about $300,000 in loans from her boyfriend. Devault said she killed her husband in self-defense and told investigators he had physically and sexually abused her in the past. Harrell, 34, died nearly a month later at a hospice because of complications from the head injuries inflicted by his wife. The court found Devault guilty of first degree murder.


Posted by Jane on June 18th, 2018
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February 14th:
Reeva Steenkamp
died on February 14th, 2013

29yo Ms Steenkamp from South Africa was a successful model, appearing in magazines, commercials, and TV shows. She also worked as a paralegal, applied to the bar in 2011, and was hoping to be a qualified legal advocate by the age of 30. Ms Steenkamp was a keen horse rider until she broke her back in a fall in her early 20s and had to learn to walk again. Since November 2012 she was dating a South African Olympic and Paralympic runner, who shot her on Valentine's day 2013 while she was using the bathroom in his home. He said he mistook her for an intruder and was initially found guilty of culpable homicide, but then was convicted of murder.


Posted by Manya on February 11th, 2018
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February 17th:
Nitish Katara
died on February 17th, 2002

Nitish Katara was abducted from the wedding of his classmate in Ghaziabad in February 2002 by cousins, Vikas and Vishal Yadav His abductors had observed Katara was friendly with Vikas' sister Bharti Yadav, and were allegedly opposed to this friendshp. With the help of a hired killer, Sukhdev Pehalwan, the duo " took Nitish home, then to an unknown place where they killed him and dumped his body" The murder was considered an honour killing, but a Supreme Court judge ruled that it was not, also that it could not be categorised as a crime that warrented the death penalty. The Delhi High Court sentenced the two Yadavs and Pehalwan to a 30-year jail term without remission.


Posted by Jane on June 17th, 2018
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February 18th:
Dwelle Jerome Clark
died on February 18th, 2014

55yo Dwelle Clark from New Jersey, USA, was stabbed to death by his ex-girlfriend. He caught her rummaging through his mother's handbag, asked her to stop it, she started hitting him with a walking cane, he left the room, and she followed him with a butcher knife and stabbed him in the chest. Mr Clark died three days later. Their daughter said, "My mom is a drug addict, but she hasn't been using lately because she's trying to get herself together. In a situation like that, it doesn't take much for (an addict) to snap. This is not the first time my mom has snapped like this." "I really don't know what to think," she added. "It's just a sad situation. She's locked up and he's no longer here." The woman has stabbed her previous boyfriend to death in 1980, and served prison time for it. "I'm guilty," she said. "So what else can I do?"


Posted by Manya on March 27th, 2016
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February 19th:
Karen Willmon
died on February 19th, 2017

Cherokee County School buses displaying white ribbons on the front of each vehicle in memory of one of the colleagues, Karen Willmon who was tragically murdered earlier in the week. The Cherokee County Board of Education, Superintendent of Education his sincere condolences on behalf of the Board of Education and extended thoughts and prayers to the family, friends and co-workers of Karen. Karen was also a former employee of the Cherokee County Parks and Recreation Board as an attendant at Cherokee Rock Village Park, the Parks and Rec Board issued a statement on their Facebook page saying "The Cherokee County Parks and Recreation Board offering its condolences to the family and friends of Karen Wilmon…"Karen was a former employee at Cherokee Rock Village and was a diligent and dedicated worker. Karen's unmatched work ethic was a tremendous contribution to the continued success of the park. We are all grieved by the tragic loss of this admirable lady".


Posted by Jane on July 21st, 2018
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