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Vigil Remembers Victims Of Domestic Violence

Posted June 12, 2005

— Incidents of domestic violence have killed 21 people in North Carolina so far this year.

One of those murders happened last month in a quiet neighborhood in north Raleigh. That's where neighbors gathered Sunday night for a vigil to remember Dujuana Stallings Massenburg, who went by the nickname Toni.

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"This is a tragic loss," Deedee Fields said. "It still hasn't sunk in yet. She was beautiful."

Massenburg's life ended in north Raleigh on May 16, 2005.

Investigators said her husband, Michael Massenburg, chased her as she drove a minivan until she crashed into a fence in a Raleigh neighborhood.

Investigators said Michael Massenburg then killed his wife with his bare hands.

"It's devastating," Kim DeMartz said. "It's still very much a shock."

Dujuana Massenburg, who had a protective order against her husband when she was murdered, was the mother of three young children, who are now living with Massenburg's sister.

"To see everybody come out is heart wrenching," Fields said.

That's why, she said, the vigil on Sunday was about more than one life and why other victims of domestic violence were remembered.

"I want to make sure I have a stronger voice -- some how, some way -- for victims of domestic violence," Fields said. "Toni would have wanted that."


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