Family mourns loss during candlelight vigil
GONZALES - A community held a candlelight Saturday night to remember the mother and son who were allegedly killed by the husband and father early Thursday morning.
"It's hard, real hard, you know. This is something here that should have never happened," said family member Robert Wright.
More than 100 friends and family members packed Lakeway Cove Avenue to pay their respects where Dewona Green, 40, and her son, 12-year-old Ronald Green Jr. Died.
"All she wanted was to be happy with her little boy with her family. It's hurting. We're hurt behind this," said Wright.
The mother and son's lives ended tragically at the hand of Ronald Green Sr., after he violated a protective order. Domestic violence experts say one in every four women will experience relationship abuse in her lifetime.
"They're terrified, and they're being intimidated and scared into going back into the relationship. The national average is seven times they have to leave before they're able to leave for good," said advocate Judy Benitez.
Benitez says it is vital to take a stand against domestic violence, especially if you know someone who is a victim.
"They need to say something, whether that means calling the police or if it's someone if their family, calling them out on it if they seem to be treating their loved one in a violent or abusive manner, or talking to the victim. It's important for people to say something," she said.
But for this community, it's too late. Family members hope that no one else feels the pain they're going through. For more information on domestic abuse visit the Iris Domestic Violence Center's website here.