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Soares Delivers Emotional Speech at Violence Conference

Soares Delivers Emotional Speech at Violence Conference

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The mother of Lori Hacking delivered an emotional and personal speech last night at a domestic violence event.

Thelma Soares shared accounts of the life, and death, of her daughter, as she spoke during the Y-W-C-A Week Without Violence seminar.

The highly publicized case has made Soares a reluctant celebrity and a spokeswoman for those affected by violent crime.

She says it's NOT a group she or others want to belong to. But because of the actions of others, she says they are thrown into it.

Her daughter's husband, Mark Hacking, has allegedly confessed that he shot his wife while she slept in July and disposed of her body in trash bins dumped at the landfill. Hacking's body was found earlier this month by volunteers hand-searching the landfill.

Soares said her faith and her religious beliefs have helped her deal with her grief, and that her daughter's burial gave her great closure.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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