Vigil Held for Domestic Violence Victims

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Area residents took time out to remember victims of domestic violence.

The 11th annual candlelight vigil was put on by the Brazos Valley Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Assistant District Attorney Shane Phelps delivered the keynote address, talking about the impact of violence on children.

The first vigil was held in 1995, and was established by Phoebe's Home and the coalition, which is made up of representatives from various local agencies and groups. Domestic violence victims are sheltered at Phoebe's Home.

Wooden silhouettes from Texas A&M known as Silent Witnesses were displayed, each bearing the name of a college-age victim and a summary of how they died.

According to the coalition, more than 1,500 people in Brazos County were victims of domestic violence last year.