Heartbreaking stories bring to light domestic violence's impact

Heartbreaking stories bring to light domestic violence's impact

GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) - "Everyone was saddened by this tragedy," recalls domestic violence survivor Lorrie Boddie.

Boddie who was the keynote speaker at a candle light vigil Tuesday night put on through an effort by Joint Base Charleston and the City of Goose Creek.

The lives of Lowcountry victims killed by those they had a personal relationship with were honored through life-size cardboard cut-outs displayed after each name was read.

Boddie recounted the abusive relationship she had with her husband who she shot to death. During her time in prison, Boddie said her life changed after joining a support group for women dealing with similar situations.

Representatives from Joint Base Charleston acknowledge domestic violence is an issue that impacts military families as well.

"Deaths occur due to domestic violence within military families," according to the base's outreach manager, Brenda Edmond.

Another speaker with Joint Base Charleston cites stats showing 46 South Carolina residents died during domestic violence incidents in 2013.

Wrapping up the somber ceremony, candles were lit while a prayer was said; A prayer calling on everyone to be a better person.

This is the event's second year, and organizers say they've already seen an impact.

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