Hundreds of people met in downtown Wilmington for one reason. They came together to bring attention to the very serious issue of domestic violence.
One woman told of how her ex-boyfriend had tried to kill her and her daughter. Another told how she just wanted to get involved, and that domestic violence is an issue more students should be aware of.
The night began with a march through downtown. It was followed by music, and then a speech about a murder by Holly Naujoks, the mother of slain UNCW student Christen Naujoks. She was shot outside her home by her former boyfriend who had been stalking her. He took his own life in a shoot-out and chase with law enforcement, but it is Christen's too short life that Holly Naujoks recalled Thursday night.
"Christen was humble and unassuming," Holly said of her daughter. "She likes simple things: her beloved cats, caring for flowers, decorating her apartment and being with her family.
The Wilmington Domestic Violence Shelter said the number of violent intimate relationships they have seen continues to steadily increase. Last year the shelter served more than 1,000 people. This year's not over, and already they've helped 1,200 people.
Thursday night's rally was aimed at ending society's blindness, so that we can all see this growing problem more clearly.