Candlelight Vigil for Domestic Violence Victims

By: Alex Snyder Email
By: Alex Snyder Email

PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) – Through candlelight, a community united to look back at a time no one will soon forget.

Seven weeks ago, 33-year old Kate Taylor was killed by her boyfriend in a murder-suicide at their home in Hurricane.

Three weeks ago, Eric Pauley pleaded guilty to killing his girlfriend, Debbie Rosiek, at their home in Winfield.

On Tuesday night, friends, family and neighbors gathered at the Putnam County Courthouse to remember Kate, Debbie and other victims of domestic violence.

"I know a lot of people that have been through it, and I've seen their struggles with it, and they felt like that there was no way out and there was no where to turn," said Jennifer Borda, executive director at the Branches Domestic Violence Shelter.

The shirts hanging on the clothesline tell the story of those affected – a story of tragedy that they want to see turned into a triumph.

"To me it's like yesterday or two minutes ago -- it doesn't seem like a decade and a half," said Karen Lee Noffsinger whose daughter, Leigh Ann, was murdered in 1997. Leigh Ann was killed by her own husband.

"I didn't get to tell her goodbye, but the last words I said to her was 'I love you' and the last words she said to me was 'I love you, Mommy'," Noffsinger said.

She, along with everyone else who attended the vigil, want to spread the message that there is hope.

"We do what we do to give people hope to know that there is a better way to live and they don't have to deal with issues of domestic violence," Borda said.

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