Candlelight vigil held to highlight problem of violence against women
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A CROWD GATHERS on the south lawn of the Upshur County Courthouse Tuesday to hold a candlelight vigil highlighting crimes of violence against women. Names of 114 women, who were killed by their partners during the past year, were read.
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A CROWD GATHERS on the south lawn of the Upshur County Courthouse Tuesday to hold a candlelight vigil highlighting crimes of violence against women. Names of 114 women, who were killed by their partners during the past year, were read.
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About 70 people attended a candlelight vigil at the Upshur County Courthouse Tuesday evening to highlight the problem of violence against women.

The Women’s Center of East Texas and the Upshur County District Attorney’s Office sponsored the event, to remember the 114 women killed by their domestic partners during the past year.

It was held in Gilmer, because Cheyenne Green of Gilmer was murdered Sept. 26.

Held in the Upshur County Jail under $1 million bond, charged with murder, is her ex-boyfriend Jonathan Ray Shepherd, who was the father of her infant son.

The names of all 114 women were read out loud during the ceremony.

Upshur County District Attorney Billy Byrd addressed the throng about his office’s efforts to protect women.

Speakers urged women were urged not to stay in a relationship just because the man says he loves you, but protect yourself and your children.
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