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Appx Woman's Vigil: 'We Wish We Didn't Have to Be Here'

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Appomattox, VA - Friends, family and the Appomattox community held a candlelight vigil Thursday evening to remember Laura Evans.

Evans was allegedly gunned down by her estranged husband last Friday at the Marathon gas station.

Outside of Appomattox County high school, the glow of candles lit up a dark night.

Nicole Bryant says she never saw any violence between her mother-in-law and father-in-law. But she put on a vigil with Lynchburg's YWCA, to save other families from the same pain.

"I want her to be remembered as the happy smiling face that she always was," Bryant said of Evans.

Laura Evans joins a growing list of Central Virginia women allegedly murdered by partners or former partners. Since August, Jennifer Harper Johnson, Stacy Ritchie and Arnita Cheatham have all been killed.

"One of our advocates sent me a text saying that there was another death here in Appomattox. And chills started sweeping down my body. It's just happening way too often," Linda Ellis-Williams, the director of Lynchburg's YWCA, said of hearing the news.

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence says one in three female homicide victims are killed by an intimate partner. And in up to 80 percent of those cases, the man physically abused them beforehand.

Poldi Moreno was leaving Appomattox County High School last Friday, when two ambulances pulled out in front of him. Laura Evans, his friend and former co-worker, was dead.

I don't know how you put that into words. Shock, disbelief, anger, sadness," Moreno said of learning his friend was killed.

Here, the reality of a statistic is just beginning to sink in.

Laura Evans' funeral is at 11 a.m. this Saturday at Appomattox County High School. She'll be buried afterwards at Liberty Cemetery.

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