WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Hundreds of people gathered in Riverfront Park in downtown Wilmington to take back the night and put an end to domestic violence.
Family members of victims, volunteers, and anyone who wants to stop domestic violence showed up for the event hosted by the Wilmington Domestic Violence Shelter and Services.
Together, they celebrated the lives of loved ones who lost their lives to domestic violence. They held a ceremonial march, a rally, and a candle lighting in their honor. Silhouettes of victims stood as a reminder of the lives lost.
Shequanna Sidberry lost her younger sister, Tarica, four years ago. Tarica's ex-boyfriend gunned her down in the parking lot outside her home. She had just ended their relationship, one that family members say was abusive. Now, Sidberry is using her story as a teaching tool for others.
"Despite her tragedy, her story is still available to help the life of someone else that may be going through a similar situation," said Sidberry. "I want to be able to teach my daughter and her daughters that this is not the type of relationship that's healthy and there is a support system."
By sharing songs and lighting candles, the community not only remembers the victims, but honors them for the lessons they've left behind.
In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Wilmington Domestic Violence Shelter and Services will host three other events in October. To find out more about those events, visit their facebook page.