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Source: US State of South Carolina

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) –  Oct. 6, 2020 – Attorney General Alan Wilson led participants through the 23rd annual Silent Witness Ceremony that was held today on the south steps of the State House in Columbia.

During this year’s virtual ceremony, Attorney General Wilson called the names of 36 women and six (6) men from across the state who lost their lives as the result of domestic violence in the previous year.

Volunteers held life-sized silhouettes representing victims as they stood on the State House steps. A bell was rung for each victim as their name was read aloud. An additional 43rd silhouette represented the potential unknown victims.

“It is important that we commemorate the lives of those lost to domestic violence to both honor the victims and shed light on this terrible crime,” said Wilson.

“We must recognize that we are contending with a cycle of violence in our state,” said Wilson. “When an individual is victimized, others are often witnesses to the violence, including children. We need to continue to try to prevent domestic violence while also best positioning law enforcement and prosecutors to hold perpetrators accountable.”

During the ceremony, Attorney General Wilson made special remarks to highlight the problem of violence against women. He noted that South Carolina, for the first time in two decades, was not reported in the top 10 states for men killing women. South Carolina ranked 11th in the latest national report.

A statistical breakdown for each county is available at http://www.scag.gov/criminal-domestic-violence-in-south-carolina.

2019 SILENT WITNESS VICTIMS

Margaret Blanding
18 years old
Anderson County

Lisa Robinson
45 years old
Anderson County

Lorice Richards
38 years old
Berkeley County

Ebony Claire
37 years old
Charleston County

De’Ja Dantley
23 years old
Charleston County

Linda Gallman
70 years old
Cherokee County

Mildred Motes
34 years old
Cherokee County

Andrel McCrorey
21 years old
Chester County

Latwanyept Stover
37 years old
Chester County

Danny Thomas
39 years old
Chester County

Jessica Purvis McFaddin
40 years old
Clarendon County

Ida Mays
48 years old
Colleton County

Jorday Nelson
29 years old
Colleton County

Sarah Nelson
83 years old
Dorchester County

Lynda Kay Shuler
54 years old
Dorchester County

Karen Simmons Yarborough
63 years old
Dorchester County

Bridget Tingen
46 years old
Florence County

Aqua Barksdale
29 years old
Greenville

David Edens
22 years old
Greenville County

Erin Henry
25 years old
Greenville County

Josephine Barton
66 years old
Kershaw County

Kimberley Alger
66 years old
Lancaster County

Victoria Sims
24 years old
Lancaster County

Roselynn Cedeno
45 years old
Lexington County

Jennifer Lynn First
37 years old
Lexington County

Joanie Leigh Youmans
42 years old
Lexington County

Wanda Reeves
38 years old
Marion County

Leroy Williams
60 years old
Marlboro County

Crystal Hood
41 years old
Newberry County

Robert McWaters
46 years old
Orangeburg County

Tracey Gillespie Nix
59 years old
Pickens County

Ariana Johnson
31 years old
Richland County

Brittany Johnson
31 years old
Richland County

Nivia Johnson
38 years old
Richland County

Christina Martin
45 years old
Richland County

Raekisha Masslieno
38 years old
Richland County

Jamaine McFadden
47 years old
Richland County

Cynthia Ohans
26 years old
Richland County

Tiana Perry
23 years old
Richland County

Angela Faulkner
47 years old
Spartanburg County

Quanisha Fernanders
23 years old
Spartanburg County

Sharee Bradely
29 years old
Sumter County

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