This afternoon many people crowded around the “Silent Witnesses” display inside of the Howard County Courthouse. Victim Services held a ceremony there to bring awareness to Domestic Violence and to unveil another silhouette to add to the display.
The ceremony had opened with Linda Calvio, Executive Director for Victim Services of Big Spring, thanking everyone for attending. Howard County Judge Kathryn Wiseman then announced the shocking statistics for 2015 that were a result of domestic violence.
Young women read aloud the Silent Witness plaques and finally, the latest silhouette was revealed. The silhouette was of Irma Lozano, 64, who had died trying to protect her daughter from her abuser. Victoria Warren, the daughter, was present at the ceremony and read her mother’s plaque aloud.
When asked what this ceremony meant to her, Warren had this to say, "It's basically giving out awareness. Letting people know this situation is serious. It doesn't just happen to women who are getting abused. It also happens to the people who are trying to protect them."
"That could have been my niece and nephew, cause they were there. They witnessed my mom get murdered. They witnessed her getting pushed, and they ran. It could have gone a whole different way. They could of have tried to protect her and that could have happened to them. So this right here is just raising awareness, letting [people] know that this is serious. This affects everybody."
"Everybody in my family is completely affected by this. It means a lot that they're doing this for them."
The ceremony then ended with a prayer by Billy Guy, from Big Spring Full Gospel Fellowship.
JULY 25, 1964 - SEPTEMBER 29, 2016
Irma resided in Big Spring, TX. On September 28, 2016 while protecting her daughter from her abuser Abel Torres, she was pushed to her demise and passed away the next day. She died a hero."