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Rally for crime victims
A group of about one hundred people gathered in East Greenbush Thursday night to walk in memory of two local women whose lives ended in violence as each was trying to escape an unhappy marriage.
"Young women who are in abusive or controlling relationships need to reach out for help from the domestic violence hotlines that are in every phone book or on any website," says Martha Lasher-Warner. He daughter Liza Warner was shot to death October 1, 2004 while dialing 911. He husband then shot himself. "All they have to do is google "domestic violence hotline" and they can get help," says Lasher Warner.
Joining Lasher-Warner was the family of Nikki Hart, a woman who was stabbed to death in her Schodack home December 17, 2012. The father of her two girls is scheduled to go to trial in August. Hart's sister, Ashley Hart, urged couples everywhere to do all possible to avoide domestic violence.
"If it takes me speaking and telling someone to go out and get the help then that's what it's going to take," Hart says, "as hard as it is for me to stand here, it's harder when you're on the other side burying a loved one."
Nikki Hart's father, Bill Hart said he had just found out on the day of the "Take Back The Night" gathering that Jason Guynup, the man accused of killing Hart's daughter, would go to trial August 19. He said some of Guynup's family was at the event showing their support.
"I've known the family for forty years," says Hart. "I reached out to the family, we've gone on trips together, we've had dinner together, there is no animosity to the parents, cousins, relatives of the family and I haven't really thought about the court case coming up in August."