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Vigil held for victims of domestic violence

EUREKA - The community came together Tuesday night to spark awareness about domestic violence following last week’s shooting in Fortuna. Local organizations and individuals held a candlelight vigil outside the Humboldt County Courthouse to support all survivors of domestic violence.

The 39-year-old victim in last Wednesday’s shooting remains hospitalized after being shot multiple times by the alleged father of her two year old child. He then turned the gun on himself. Activists Tuesday evening, prayed together to spread peace and justice.

Susan McGee, the organizer of the event said, ”It is never the fault of the survivor when the abuser makes the decision to assault or abuse him or her.. so what I need to say to the survivors in the community is you are not alone, you are not to blame and help is available. Our hotlines are waiting for you to call and there are folks there all the time that want to be helpful.”

The Women’s Crisis Shelter in Southern Humboldt, Minerva and the District Attorney’s Victim Witness Unit helped organize tonight’s event.