Anchorage, Alaska — After the death of a three year-old Barrow girl from what police say was a domestic violence incident, a small group of women in the community wanted to take a public stand against domestic violence.
Stefanie Lozano, Heather Lemen, Marlana Peidlow, Nordel Sundai and Andrea Kanayurak decided to distribute purple ribbons all over town in memory of the child. They say they received so much support from the community, that the mayor's office organized a "Walk for Hope."
The event was held Friday night, and about 100 people participated to raise awareness about domestic violence and abuse.
"We wanted to make it aware that our younger generation was really aware of what happened and we wanted to make something positive out of something negative that actually happened here," says Stefanie Lozano.
The women say they hope the walk turns into an annual event.