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Vigil Honors Victims of Domestic Violence


Kelly Taylor clearly remembers the words of advice she received while still in nursing school.

 “When you walk into a patient’s room, always remember that the person in front of you is someone’s mother, father, sister, brother or friend,” she said her mentor told her. “If you ever forget that, it’s time to get out of this line of work.”

Taylor has put those words into action time and again as a registered nurse and advocate for victims of domestic violence. She was the keynote speaker for the annual Remember My Name Domestic Violence Vigil held Oct. 7.

She spoke inside Courtroom 4A in the Cumberland County Courthouse to a crowd that included the families of victims, as well as law enforcement officers, lawyers, judges and other courthouse personnel.

“If you are a victim of domestic violence,” she said, “always remember there a nurse in the ER praying for you. There’s a police officer advocating for you. And attorneys and judges seeking justice for you.”

Retired Chief District Court Judge Beth Keever read each of the names of the more than 100 people who died as a result of domestic violence from Sept. 9, 2019 to Sept. 8, 2020. The event also included a tribute from the 82nd Airborne All-American Chorus.

Master Sgt. Leslee Borges directs the 82nd Airborne All-American Chorus
Spec. Nicholas Mason sings a solo in “Concrete Angel” a song by Martina McBryde on the topic of domestic violence