Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Silent March honors murder victims

Mourners honored two victims of violence yesterday with a silent march and candlelight vigil at the State Capitol. Friends, family members, legislators and the public gathered to remember the lives of 18-year-old Khaynava Phanthanouvongand 31-year-old Kim Batoon, gunshot murder victims.

Batoon, 31, of Lanai City, was allegedly shot and killed by her estranged husband Gerry Batoon, who also killed himself

Phanthanouvongand, 18, was shot to death at Ala Moana Beach Park.

"Any death that could have been prevented should be recognized so that we can raise more awareness, show community support, strengthen our resources to counsel troubled youth and adults, and raise the need for tougher policies that prevent more innocent lives from being lost," said Rep. Tom Brower (District 23-Waikiki, Ala Moana), one of several legislators who were in attendance.

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