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Susan Wood ReportingFamily members of victims of violence gathered at the state capitol tonight to remember their loved ones, and try and bring peace to a sometimes violent world.
Those that attended are hoping to bring about change. They hope that for at least one week we can have peace in our world and in our homes. And it's a strong message coming from homes that have been shattered by violence.
Carrie Morales learned from a telephone call that her cousin, Brenda Lee Lundell, was dead -- beaten to death, her body stuffed under a bed. Tonight Carrie joins others in a candlelight vigil to remember Utah's victims of violence.
Her cousin's name is one of 42 posted on a wall inside the capitol rotunda this week. It is part of an annual tribute called the wall of remembrance. Of those victims of violence, 16 died at the hands of a loved one.
Carrie is herself is also a former victim of domestic abuse. She got out of a dangerous relationship and has this plea to those who know a family member or friend is involved in an abusive situation.
Carrie Morales: “Don't walk away from them; let them know you're there. Even if they go back, don't leave. Let em know you're there."
She hopes Brenda's story, as well as her own, can help others put an end to abuse.
Carrie Morales: “Brenda, please remember this, you will never be forgotten. We love you with all our hearts. I wish I could have been there for you when you needed someone to be there and save you and keep you safe, but I wasn't. I understand why you had to stay there and I understand why you had to die. May god hold you close and we will see you again some day. We love you Brenda."
The YWCA is sponsoring the week without violence and has a few suggestions for you to try in your home. Try treating others with respect; mend a quarrel, avoid a violent movie or television show, or show a little extra compassion toward somebody.