October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Read and share stories to honor survivors whose lives have been changed by domestic violence.

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Deborah Parker

My 19-year-old daughter, Lindsay, was murdered by a convicted felon with easy access to guns on December 3, 2006. Lindsay was the most loving young woman, just beginning her life. She was going to college to become an elementary school teacher, working as a waitress, and raising her 9-month-old baby girl. Lindsay volunteered her summer breaks to build houses in Mexico for needy families. Because of loopholes in our background checks system, a convicted felon was able to obtain an AR-style rifle and shot at a house where Lindsay was celebrating the upcoming Christmas season. She was shot in the head and was still upright when the police and paramedics arrived. Lindsay never came home to her daughter, Patrice. The heartache that I survive every day never lessens, it just becomes bearable at times. As time passes, I am gradually having trouble remembering her voice and it breaks my heart.

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