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October 17, 2013

Remembering three lives lost to domestic violence

Lawrence softball tourney dedicated to Milka Rivera and her children

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Each team paid $150 to participate and the proceeds benefited Delamano.

In addition to having an emergency hotline, the group places women and families at risk in hotels, Luzon said.

Delamano Inc. is a local non-profit organization committed to domestic violence intervention and awareness. It operates an independent Spanish and English helpline and provides victims with access to emergency shelter, advocacy, support, counseling and educational programs. Through intervention and education, the group hopes to eliminate domestic violence.

Rivera said hosting a softball tournament with both men and women participating is a step in the right direction.

“It’s always good to remember, provide information and raise awareness about domestic violence,” Rivera said.

Two years after her family members’ deaths at their home in the Beacon Court housing projects, Rivera still wonders if there were signs she missed about the domestic abuse going on at her sister’s home.

“I never saw anything wrong. Every time I saw them, they were always happy and it never crossed my mind that my sister was in any danger,” she said.

After allegedly shooting Rivera and her teenage children, Tejeda tried to commit suicide but ran out of bullets. He awaits trial and has a status hearing scheduled for Oct. 24 in Salem Superior Court.

Whenever Tejeda is in court, so is Rivera.

“I leave with a headache every time, but I want to be there until justice is served so I can find some closure,” Rivera said.

If you need help with domestic violence, call Delamano at 1-866-962-5483 or YWCA of Lawrence at 978-687-0331.

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