Desert Sanctuary/Haley House holds candlelight vigil
Theresa Johnson, front left, cradles her 3-year-old granddaughter, Mia, during the annual Desert Sanctuary/Haley House candlelight vigil Saturday night.
For the past 13 years, the domestic violence shelter has hosted the vigil as a means to celebrate survivors, honor victims and raise further awareness of its cause.
This year's event featured a keynote speech from a survivor and a remembrance of Patt Rees, who recently passed away and was instrumental to the shelter's I CAN WE CAN art project — inviting individuals to create art as a symbol of solidarity to end domestic abuse.
The approximate 100 community members in attendance first met in front of the courthouse at 6 p.m. and then walked together to the shelter, located at 703 E. Main St.