LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – There are 111 pumpkins surrounding the Angelina County Courthouse, each representing a life lost to domestic violence in 2009.
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the Family Crises Center of East Texas set out the pumpkins in memory of Texas domestic violence victims.
Five of the victims were in the center's service area.
Each pumpkin's tag tells a tragic story, including Melissa Barnhill of Nacogdoches.
She was shot and killed in front of her children by her estranged husband Kyle Barnhill.
A pumpkin was also there in memory of Raymond Wilson's three victims... The Rivercrest man received three life sentences for killing his girlfriend and two others.
"Every couple of days there is as death from family violence in the state of Texas and I just think it's very important that the community know that there are services out there and there are prevention efforts happening in our community," said Executive Director of the Family Crises Center Margi Preston.
The pumpkins will be in Angelina County for two days, then they will be on display in Nacogdoches County for two days starting at 12 p.m. on the Nacogdoches square.
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