During the past year the Bergen County community has suffered the tragic loss of four of its members – Beth Fabbricatore, Mary Greff, and Tammy and Natasha Pitts-Gaddy. All four were victims of domestic violence.
If these tragedies had happened in another area – perhaps a city where homicides as a result of domestic violence aren’t as uncommon – their deaths wouldn’t carry quite as much shock value. But they didn’t happen in NYC or Los Angeles or Miami – they happened right here, virtually in our backyards. The loss of these individuals makes us realize that domestic violence is a dark undercurrent that can flow beneath any town and that we must be not only aware of the issue but proactive in our efforts to prevent it.
Shelter Our Sisters, a not-for-profit agency founded in 1976 dedicated to assisting victims of domestic violence and their children, will be holding a candlelit vigil this evening to remember the Bergen County victims of domestic violence as well as countless other victims and survivors. The vigil is being organized in collaboration with Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle and County Executive Kathleen Donovan. The gathering will offer people an opportunity to mourn, remember, and reaffirm their commitment to ending domestic violence.
Those who wish to participate in the candlelit vigil should gather at the Shelter Our Sisters Pathway near parking lot 4 of Van Saun County Park, Paramus at 5:30 P.M. on Wednesday, December 4th.