Victim Remembered at 5K Walk in Woodbridge
– September 17, 2012 7:00 am
WOODBRIDGE, Va. – Neighbors gathered to remember a woman who was tragically shot and killed by her husband two years ago. Afterward, her husband took his own life.
Area residents filled the track at Prince William County’s Freedom High School in Woodbridge on Saturday to remember the life of Jenny Vaughn Bates at the “No Woman, No Cry 5K Walk.”
This was the second year the event has been held, and its goal is to raise awareness about domestic violence in the community.
“It’s very uplifting; it’s a wonderful testimony to my daughter’s life and her service as a social worker here in the county. It’s heartening to me and her two boys, Robbie and Damon, to see wonderful people and the activities they do throughout the year and advocate against domestic violence,” said Bates’ father Anthony Futyma.
Bates is survived by her children, Robbie, 7, and Damen, 16. Organizers of Saturday’s event said Jenny is sorely missed.
“Jenny was a very dear friend of mine. We started ‘No Woman No Cry’ to not only honor Jenny but to but also raise awareness for domestic violence in the community and to stop the silence about domestic violence in the community,” said co-founder Jaclyn Neham.
Police were called to the Montclair neighborhood on the morning of September 18, 2010 where the found the bodies of Bates, and her husband Robert. Neighbors that morning reported hearing an argument and seeing the two standing outside an SUV. Afterward, they heard gunshots.
According to the No Woman, No Cry website, nearly one in every four women are beaten or raped by a partner during their adult life.