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Candlelight vigil along lakefront in memory of homicide victim

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After a tragic weekend -- three homicides in 48 hours -- one organization is taking a stand. UniteWomen.org organized a candlelight vigil along the lakefront seawall in Lake Charles in honor of Brittany Grosse, the 22-year-old McNeese student who was murdered Friday, Nov. 30.

Executive Director of Development for the Lake Charles chapter of Unite Women, Renee Davis, said organizing the candle vigil is really important because it not only remembers Grosse, but it remembers other women who were also victims of violence.

"Brittany's situation is just so tragic that such a young life was extinguished so early. And I think it is so important that the community comes together in grief," Davis said.

"Even if we didn't know Brittany, we have daughters and sisters that are that age and when something like this happens that is just so tragic, a community suffers."

And through a candlelit vigil along the lake, community members, and family of Grosse, hope and pray to put an end to such violence against women.

Davis said especially during the holiday season it's important to be aware of surroundings and to keep an eye out for one another.

"If you think something's wrong, then usually something's wrong. And until we as a community start doing that, violence against women is just going to continue to happen," Davis said.

For more information on Unite Women, or how to get involved, you can go to unitewomen.org or find them on Facebook.

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