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"Remember My Name" Silent Witness Project Helps Mongtomery Co. Remember Domestic Abuse Victims --Mikayla Lewis

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CLARKSVILLE, Tenn.--The first ever "Silent Witness Project: Remember My Name" event was held in Montgomery County today. The sheriff's office and local domestic abuse victims advocates created the event to help families speak out about violence and remember their loved ones. 

Red silhouettes lined the cafeteria at Kenwood High School, representing one of 17 women and two children murdered in the county. Each silhouette wore a name and has a story. 

Linda Shelton stood tall next to her daughter, Natalie and grandchildren Diamin and Paul Vullo's silhouettes. This year's event was dedicated to the Vullo's. Natalie and her children were strangled by her ex-boyfriend  in 2009. 

Linda Shelton said," Women are being killed, it's on the news everyday. It's gotta stop. There's got to be something done." 

Renee Wimberly's daughter, Kendra Stanmore was shot in the head by her ex-boyfriend. Stanmore's toddler daughter at the time, Calia witnessed the event on October 12, 2010. 

Renee Wimberly said, "Today is just hard for me. So hard because this is the day I lost her." 

Wimberly is thankful for who she does have...Calia. 

Wimberly explained, " I have a piece of her with me."

Susan Clawson said, "I know that we all feel the same thing. We still feel grief."

Clawson sister, Sandy Clark was stabbed to death by her ex as well. Clawson hopes others will learn from her and other victims' pain. 

Susan Clawson said, " We don't want more names added to this, more people. Hopefully more people will be aware, and they need to speak up if they hear or see anything." 

An exhibit at "Remember My Name", showed what victims go through called "Dreams for Screams." A wedding dress showed all the hopes and dreams before victims are abused. On the other side, a bloody wedding dress represented victims emotional and physical pain. Graphic pictures also were on display showing bruises. 

Montgomery County Sheriff John Fuson explained , "It gets your attention and gets legislators on board to combat the issues that we have with domestic violence."

Linda Shelton added, " We need to look at the law, there's a lot of changes that need to be made." 

An eighteenth silhouette represented all victims of domestic violence. Proceeds from today's event go towards Safehouse, a local shelter for women and children. 

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