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Silent rally, march held to remember domestic violence victims

Posted August 6, 2015

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— Dozens gathered in downtown Raleigh Thursday afternoon for a rally and silent march honoring five women who have been killed in the Triangle since December.

Investigators believe the five cases were a result of domestic violence. Attendees gathered at the Wake County courthouse at noon for Thursday’s event.

One of the women remembered Thursday, Franklinton resident Tracy Williams, died July 26 after being shot in the parking lot of a Food Lion on U.S. Highway 1. Her ex-boyfriend, 35-year-old Garry A. Yarborough, is charged with first-degree murder in the case.

Those gathered Thursday also remembered Tonya Sutton, Eileen Benedetti, Martha Cisneros and Kimberly Richardson.

Sutton died in May after being shot at an apartment complex in Raleigh. Her husband, 42-year-old Michael Rashun Sutton, is charged with her murder.

A month earlier, 25-year-old Richardson died after being shot in the back near Triangle Town Center. Richardson was six months pregnant at the time of her death. Richardson’s boyfriend, Daniel Joseph Steele, is charged in the case.

Benedetti died in February in what police said was a murder-suicide at her Garner home. Cisneros also died in a murder-suicide in December 2014, according to the Wake County Sheriff’s Office.


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