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DART hosts vigil for domestic violence victims
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Members of Louisiana Tech University’s Alpha Chi Omega — Beta Psi Chapter light their candles in memory of those who have lost their lives to domestic violence. The sorority has chosen domestic violence as their philanthropy. They serve as hosts for the candlelight vigil, their own candlelight ceremony called “Light the Lady,” which takes place at Tech, and organizing fundraisers to aid with awareness.

More than 200 people gathered on the Lincoln Parish Library Events Center Tuesday to honor the 35 people who have lost their lives to domestic violence in the community.

During Domestic Abuse Resistant Team’s 15th Annual Candlelight Vigil, Terrie Queen Autrey, community advocate for DART, welcomed the crowd and thanked them for attending the organization’s event.

“We do a lot of events to raise awareness (of domestic violence) in October,” she said. “But this particular event is not so much about reinforcing the message that domestic violence harms and changes lives.

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