Ceremony Honors Family Violence Victims

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Guam- With two family disputes within a week that led to the murder of a 43 year old Agat woman and the suicide death of a man held at the Hagatna precinct, the importance of preventing domestic violence could never be more urgent.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office conducted a candle light ceremony on Tuesday to remember and honor all the victims of family violence on Guam and the CNMI. With red silhouettes of silent witnesses displayed around her, U.S. Attorney Alicia Limtiaco told family members of the victims her office and the Department of Justice is committed to the prevention and awareness of domestic violence.

“Today, each and every one of us shares in this very sense of urgency; to speak out against the escalating family violence in our island communities, to reach out to victims of this violent and far often lethal crime and communicate that there is help and hope” said Limtiaco.

Patricia Quinata also read her message of how her daughter Melissa was murdered in 1984 and the need to prevent these lethal crimes from happening.

“July 4, 1984 will always be a day my family remembers” said Quinata. “My daughter, Melissa, was murdered by her husband, who was supposed to love and care for her…instead he abused her and eventually murdered her. This murder took away the mother of his 3 children-PJ, Lani and AJ.”

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.