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St. John Residents Remember Victims of Domestic Violence

Oct. 19, 2007 — St. John remembered Thursday the more than 40 people across the territory who died in domestic violence incidents during the past 20 years in a "Take Back the Night" march and program in Cruz Bay. In conjunction with Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the evening was sponsored by the Safety Zone, St. John's domestic violence organization.
Many of the candle-carrying participants wore cards that carried a victim's name as they marched from the Cruz Bay tennis courts through the town to Cruz Bay Park. As the person's name was called, those wearing the cards blew out a candle to signify the end of a life.
"When I put her name on, I could feel her energy," St. John resident Suki Buchalter said.
Her card carried the name of Marcelina Corporan, who died Feb. 28, 1997 on St. John after she was stabbed seven times by her partner, Gordon "Nevo" Doway. He then set fire to their apartment in Contant, killing himself in the blaze.
"I remember when it happened," Buckhalter said.
Many of the names on the cards were part of stories nearly forgotten in the mists of time, but others, like Georgia Gottlieb, were more recent. Gottlieb, a St. Thomas resident who worked for V.I. National Park on St. John, died July 29, 2005, when her partner, Mitchell Nicholas, shot her to death. A Superior Court jury found Nicholas guilty on Oct. 5.
St. John resident Emma Penn said she came out for the event to help ease the pain caused by domestic violence.
The Rev. Lilette George of Emmaus and Bethany Moravian Churches said that education can help stop the violence. "We are gathering because we want to make a difference," she said.
The event featured a performance by the V.I. Police Department's Juvenile Delinquency Prevention Band, which led the march, and readings of essays by Julius E. Sprauve students who entered an essay contest on domestic violence.
"Emotional abuse is when a child is cursed at," Akiah Conliffe read from her essay.
Ninth grade winners were first, Miriam Jones, second, Marcus Stevens, and honorable mention, Harry Sanguillen.
Sixth grade winners were first, Richard Penn, second, Conliffe, third, Shakeem Meade, and honorable mention, Machoy Valmond.
Detective Carolyn Hendricks of the V.I. Police Department urged people to come forward if they are being abused. "Don't hide and protect someone trying to hurt you," she said.
She said if people need help, they should call her at 693-8880, extension 5212. Reach the Safety Zone at 693-7233.
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Oct. 19, 2007 -- St. John remembered Thursday the more than 40 people across the territory who died in domestic violence incidents during the past 20 years in a "Take Back the Night" march and program in Cruz Bay. In conjunction with Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the evening was sponsored by the Safety Zone, St. John's domestic violence organization.
Many of the candle-carrying participants wore cards that carried a victim's name as they marched from the Cruz Bay tennis courts through the town to Cruz Bay Park. As the person's name was called, those wearing the cards blew out a candle to signify the end of a life.
"When I put her name on, I could feel her energy," St. John resident Suki Buchalter said.
Her card carried the name of Marcelina Corporan, who died Feb. 28, 1997 on St. John after she was stabbed seven times by her partner, Gordon "Nevo" Doway. He then set fire to their apartment in Contant, killing himself in the blaze.
"I remember when it happened," Buckhalter said.
Many of the names on the cards were part of stories nearly forgotten in the mists of time, but others, like Georgia Gottlieb, were more recent. Gottlieb, a St. Thomas resident who worked for V.I. National Park on St. John, died July 29, 2005, when her partner, Mitchell Nicholas, shot her to death. A Superior Court jury found Nicholas guilty on Oct. 5.
St. John resident Emma Penn said she came out for the event to help ease the pain caused by domestic violence.
The Rev. Lilette George of Emmaus and Bethany Moravian Churches said that education can help stop the violence. "We are gathering because we want to make a difference," she said.
The event featured a performance by the V.I. Police Department's Juvenile Delinquency Prevention Band, which led the march, and readings of essays by Julius E. Sprauve students who entered an essay contest on domestic violence.
"Emotional abuse is when a child is cursed at," Akiah Conliffe read from her essay.
Ninth grade winners were first, Miriam Jones, second, Marcus Stevens, and honorable mention, Harry Sanguillen.
Sixth grade winners were first, Richard Penn, second, Conliffe, third, Shakeem Meade, and honorable mention, Machoy Valmond.
Detective Carolyn Hendricks of the V.I. Police Department urged people to come forward if they are being abused. "Don't hide and protect someone trying to hurt you," she said.
She said if people need help, they should call her at 693-8880, extension 5212. Reach the Safety Zone at 693-7233.
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