In 1974 Beryl Mitchell was murdered in Fayetteville by her active duty military husband. They had two young children. Until nine years ago her grave had no headstone. Then her daughter, Christine Horne returned to Fayetteville to dedicate a headstone for Beryl’s grave. At that time, some members of Fayetteville NOW (National Organization for Women) vowed to lay a wreath
on her grave each year in her memory.
Here are the specifics for the 2017 wreath-laying ceremony.
Date: Saturday, Dec 2, 2017
Place: Lafayette Memorial Park and Mausoleum, 2301 Ramsey Street
Unfortunately Beryl Mitchell is not alone as a victim of domestic violence. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, in the US,
- 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been physically abused by an intimate partner.
- 1 in 5 women and 1 in 7 men have been SEVERELY physically abused by an intimate partner
- 94% of of murder-suicide victims are female
- 72% of all murder-suicides are perpetrated by intimate partners
- The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the risk of homicide by 500%!!!
Here is a photo from the Dec. 3, 2016 wreath laying in memory of Beryl Mitchell.
Please join Fayetteville NOW in this annual remembrance ceremony.