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      Family of domestic abuse victim holds awareness walk in her honor

      The family of a victim of domestic violence is holding the first abuse awareness walk in her honor.

      Anessa Pherigo was killed by her husband in 2010. The walk be held on Wednesday, June 27 at 7 p.m., and will begin on Schuleyer Street, near where the incident took place. Participants will make their way up to Mary Street to Shaul Cemetery, Anessa's final resting place.

      Friends and family will join to honor Anessa, and the public is welcome to attend, no registration required.

      "The Crisis Center will be here also with a guest speaker. When we go up to the cemetery, we'll probably say a short couple of words," said Lisa Johnson, a family friend. "So it's going to be a good day, good day of celebration also."

      The day also aims to teach everyone that any kind of abuse, even verbal, should not be tolerated.

      "We need to teach our children that it's not right," Johnson said. "You need to tell somebody and get help. There's resources out there available, the crisis center. We have to teach our girls, not only our girls, but our boys, that there's help available."

      Anessa's family will be selling t-shirts, courtesy of Stampede Graphics, for $15. All proceeds will go towards the Crisis Center.

      For more information on the event, visit their Facebook page or contact Crystal Hopkins at 641-208-6570.