Las Vegas walk raises awareness about domestic violence

Las Vegas walk raises awareness about domestic violence

By Jennifer Kastner. CREATED Apr 27, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Local child abuse prevention specialists came together on Saturday for the 4th annual Walk Against Domestic Violence Homicide. This year's theme was dedicated specifically to child victims.

It was an especially emotional day for Tejuana Reeves, whose daughter, 10-year-old Jade Morris, was murdered last December.

She told Action News, "I look at her picture and I think, I cannot believe someone did this to you."

Brenda Stokes is accused of stabbing Jade to death. Her body was found on the side of a North Las Vegas road, just days after Christmas.

"Do a background check on everybody that you're going to have around your children, even if you've known them for a while. We knew this woman for years and look what happened," said Reeves.

"No matter the situation you're facing [or] how desperate you could be, please don't hurt the children," said Rebeca Ferreira with Safe Faith United. Ferreira said that while the issue weighs heavy on everyone's hearts, it's important to celebrate their lives.

Abuse prevention experts said awareness is key, but action is most important.

"While these families are here learning how to enjoy each other and having fun, there's not going to be abuse or violence [taking place], hopefully," said Alicia Davisson, executive director at East Valley Family Service.

To get involved in abuse prevention actions, call Safe Faith United at (702) 586-1900 or East Valley Family Services at (702) 369-9177.

Jennifer Kastner

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Jennifer Kastner is a general assignment reporter for Action News.