Posts Tagged ‘domestic violence’

POLICE: Bride Found Stabbed To Death In Bathtub After Wedding

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

estrellaA Chicago area bride was found over the weekend stabbed to death inside a bathtub.  According to police, she was still wearing a cocktail dress she had on just hours before at her wedding reception.

  Investigators say Estrella Carrera, 26, was last seen walking down the isle then celebrating early Saturday morning. Authorities believe she is a victim of domestic violence.

Family and friends are speaking out to say no one really knew about the wedding and Estrella called friends the day of to invite them to a party.  Her body was found on Sunday after she did not show up to pick up her children.

Police say they are investigating her death as a homicide, but no arrests have been made yet.  This appears to be an isolated incident.  Investigators were seen searching around the apartment complex for evidence, possibly the murder weapon.

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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RESOURCE: WomensLaw.Org

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

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HELP END DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Pepsi Refresh Project Supports Cause

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

national network

The National Network to End Domestic Violence began more than 15 years ago when a group of victim advocates united to promote federal legislation on domestic violence. As the years went on, the mission grew to dozens of state-wide groups and coalitions across the U.S.

Today, NNEDV continues to provide training and assistance to end domestic violence through education and technology and now they are trying to get Amy’s Courage Fund, another mission to help victims of domestic violence get back on their feet.

There is currently a $250,000 grant from the Pepsi Refresh Project to help Amy’s Courage Fund and NNEDV. Sadly, the funds for Amy’s Courage Fund were depleted and shut down in Nov. 2010.

The goal is to continue helping domestic violence victims across America. Visit the Pepsi Refresh Project to learn more about their large donation.

More information about Amy’s Courage Fund, directly from their site:

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MISSING MOM’S ESTRANGED HANDED MURDER CONVICTION WITHOUT BODY

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

*UPDATE*Venus Stewart’s estranged husband, Douglas Stewart, is convicted of her murder, even though officials have never found her body.

Venus Stewart (left) Douglas Stewart (right)

Venus Stewart (left) Douglas Stewart (right)

Domestic violence is a vicious cycle, a cycle that many victims cannot pull themselves out of because of children, their safety, or just plain fear of being alone. It appears Venus Stewart was pulling herself out of a violent relationship. She packed up her children and moved to Michigan to get away from her husband, and now she is missing. Lt. Risko with the Michigan State Police says Venus was snatched from the front yard of her parents’ home on April 26, 2010 as she went to mail a letter.

Her husband, Doug Stewart, denies any wrongdoing. He initially provided an alibi, which is not solid, and investigators consider him the only person of interest. In a bizarre twist this week, Lt. Risko told me today he believes there was an impersonator running around pretending to be Doug Stewart in his hometown of Newport News, Virginia. The same hometown Doug Stewart claimed to be in the morning his estranged wife vanished.

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DATING VIOLENCE LEADS TO MURDER

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Remembering Yeardley Love

Remembering Yeardley Love

The tragedy at the University of Virginia earlier this week is shining a light on dating domestic violence.  Yeardley Love, a star lacrosse player due to graduate in a few weeks, had her whole life ahead of her.  Sadly, her beautiful life was cut short when police say her ex-boyfriend, George Huguely, lashed out and murdered her in a violent rage.  Police say Huguely repeatedly hit Yeardley’s head against the wall after breaking into her bedroom, leaving her in a pool of blood.  Right now we do not know if there were early warning signs leading up to this alleged murder, but hopefully investigators will figure out if Yeardley was a victim of domestic violence long before she was killed.  If there were early warning signs, I hope investigators release that information to the public to educate youth on dating violence.  There is a pattern that comes along with this type of violence.

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COPS: AJA JOHNSON STILL MISSING

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010
Aja Dotson MISSING

Aja Dotson MISSING

It’s been more than a week since Aja Johnson was abducted and her mother Tonya was found beaten to death in an RV.  Since then investigators in Oklahoma issued a warrant for Lester Hobbs arrest charging him with first degree murder and kidnapping.  Hobbs is a convicted felon, and according to court documents was not supposed to have any contact with Aja.  Police say they’ve received leads about possible sightings of Hobbs, Aja and the car he may be driving, but so far nothing has panned out.  The Oklahoma Bureau of Investigations and the United States Marshal service put out a $20,000 reward, hoping someone will bring them the information they need to find this child.   

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D.C. Sniper John Muhammad: EXECUTED

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009
John Muhammad mugshots

John Muhammad mugshots

 

NOVEMEMBER 10, 2009: EXECUTION 9 P.M.
Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine denied a last-minute clemency request.
 

John Muhammad, 48, the man behind the Washington metropolitan sniper attacks in 2002, and dubbed The DC Sniper died by lethal injection tonight at a state prison in Virginia. John Muhammad continued to profess his innocence, however, Prosecutors have said all along the killings were to cover up his real goal  targeting his ex-wife Mildred and taking his three children.

Mildred shares a courageous story on her website, including how her life was impacted by domestic violence and how her personal circumstances have helped abuse survivors, law enforcement, counselors, social workers, and military members.

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