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South Richmond family speaks out on domestic violence

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

A family in south Richmond is creating awareness of the crippling reality of domestic violence, after their loved-one, Christina Squire, 33, was killed just over a week ago.

Dozens of Squire's closest family and friends gathered Sunday at the Richmond Outreach Center. Police say Squire's boyfriend, Clarence Taylor, shot and killed her just over a week ago. He also injured two police officers, before killing himself.

Squire's family is vowing to hold on to her spirit, and move forward with a purpose, in her honor. They're now making sure everyone around them can identify, and help stop domestic violence.

"That Christina will not just be a memory, Lord God… That we will go on... That we will pursue...That we will tackle," prayed one of Squire's closest friends, Thiesha Meredith, aloud.

Domestic violence kills more than three women and one man in this country every day, according to the Domestic Violence Resource Center.

"We have to make a change. We have to be a change. We have to be a light," continued Meredith.

Stacey Squire-Rodriguez, Nina's sister, has since created Christina's Love Foundation, focusing on awareness, raising donations and keeping alive Nina's memory.

"After a while, all of this is going to be swept under the rug. but I'm going to stand up and somebody is going to hear me," said Squire-Rodriguez. "(Victims of domestic abuse) think that, ‘If I love him a little bit more, if I be there a little bit more, I can help change him.'...That's not the case"

A tied bunch of red and white balloons in Squire's honor was released, after the evening of prayer. Her two children say their mother's favorite color was red.

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