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Ceremony honors domestic violence victims in South Carolina

October 5, 2021 GMT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina’s attorney general remembered victims of domestic violence Tuesday in a ceremony at the Statehouse.

Attorney General Alan Wilson read aloud the names of 24 women and 15 men who were killed in a domestic violence incident in the state over the previous year, accompanied by the toll of a bell for each victim.

Relatives carried life-sized silhouettes representing the victims to the Statehouse steps. One additional silhouette marked potential unknown victims.

The Attorney General’s Office has been holding the Silent Witness ceremony for 24 years. Last year, the ceremony remembered 36 women and 6 men who died in 2019.

A report by the state Domestic Violence Advisory Committee in 2019 found South Carolina “ranks as the nation’s sixth-worst state” among rates of women murdered by men.