Using candles, people in Santa Maria shed light Thursday on a very difficult topic to talk about: domestic violence.
The community came together at Santa Maria City Hall at 6 p.m. for a memorial walk to Santa Maria High School's Ethel Pope Auditorium, where a candlelight vigil was held in honor of local victims.
"If it wasn't for organizations like this, you know, we'd have more victims, or events like this would spread the word that there's a way to get better. We may have four more women alive just in this county alone," said Kenneth Cumbie, a speaker at the event.
Organizers say domestic violence is happening all around our communities. In fact, they say, four local women were killed this year alone, including Elyse Erwin, who was killed on Easter Sunday in Orcutt. Erwin was one of the victims remembered Thursday.
Domestic Violence Solutions says 10 million people in the U.S. are victims of domestic violence each year.
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