Candlelight vigil Saturday night in Lander to remember victims of Domestic Violence

This Domestic Violence Awareness Month display is at Riverton City Hall. Similar exhibits are located at Lander City Hall and the Fremont County Courthouse. (Ernie Over photo)

By Ernie Over, managing editor,

(Lander, Wyo.) – A candlelight vigil will be held Saturday night in Lander at Centennial Park in observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. On Friday night, at the Lander versus Riverton high school football game at Wolverine Field, the players will wear purple armbands and purple ribbons will be distributed to the crowd.

The events are being organized by the Fremont County Alliance Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assaults, said Haylee Reay, whose mother was killed by her father when she was 12 years-old. Reay is now a sophomore at the University of Wyoming studying Criminal Justice. “Yes, I’m in that program because of what happened to my mother, ” she said.

Reay has been going to schools across the county, and in South Dakota where her mother was killed, to talk to students about the impact that domestic violence can wrought. “I’ve gotten good response. I urge everyone to tell if they know of a domestic violence situation, or if they are in one themselves,” Reay said. “You could be saving a life. My mother was also emotionally abused, it doesn’t have to be physical.”

Domestic violence awareness exhibits are in place at the Riverton and Lander City Halls and at the Fremont County Courthouse in Lander.

In 2011, shoes representing Domestic Violence victims lined Centennial Park and a tree there was decorated with purple lights. This year the tree once again features purple lights at nights. A candlelight vigil will be held at the park on Oct. 20th at 7 p.m.