SPARTANBURG, SC (WSPA) – Red silhouettes lined up in the middle of downtown Spartanburg Thursday, each represented a victim of domestic violence.
“When I actually came here and seen this, this broke me down,” said Nita Washington looking at her cousin Temisha Collier’s name on one of the silhouettes. “Just seeing her name and actually reading, like, my cousin is really gone.”
Collier’s story was among those standing tall on red silhouettes at the 21st annual Silent Witness Vigil, hosted by Safe Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition.
The Spartanburg County sheriff’s office says her husband, Adrian McClintock shot her dead at her home on Tamara Way.
“South Carolina has been in the top deadliest states for women since the annual report began 21 years ago,” said Safe Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition Executive Director Lynn Hawkins, adding the Palmetto state’s most recent ranking was #6.
“We need everybody’s help in the community,” said Seventh Circuit Solicitor Barry Barnette.
Since last year’s vigil, Hawkins said 10 people have died in domestic violence cases involving Spartanburg and Cherokee counties. Each of their stories were read aloud as if the words were coming from the victims themselves.
Washington shared her own story of surviving an abusive relationship.
“I was left in a tub with all my blood, my head busted open, all my teeth was knocked out,” she said.
She said her family is hoping Collier’s accused killer is caught soon.
“Time heals all wounds and God sees everything so in due time it’ll come to pass,” said Washington.
The number for Safe Homes, in case anyone needs their help or know someone who does, is 864-583-9803 – a 24 hour hotline. People can also call toll-free at 1-800-273-5066.