NEWPORT- A Newport woman was killed in the state’s first homicide of 2020 last week.
Police said Anielka Allen was allegedly murdered by her husband in Newport last week.
Tuesday night, Partners for Peace hosted a vigil there to honor victims of domestic violence.
“We want to give the community and anyone impacted by it the space to mourn and grieve,” said Amanda Cost, a facilitative director at Partners for Peace.
Nicole Clark worked with Allen for several months.
“She was a really nice person. I enjoyed working with her,” Clark said. “She always had something funny to say. She’d do anything for anybody.”
At the vigil, the names of those lost to domestic violence last year were read out loud.
Organizers say vigils like this help communities heal.
“I don’t think we realize how we might be impacted by something until it actually happens,” Clark said. “It’s so critical for people to reach out for support and not let it build up.”
If you are a victim of domestic violence or need support, Partners for Peace has a 24-hour support line you can call at 800-863-9909.