If an intersection could talk, it would likely tell stories of traffic jams and fender benders. But a group made its way to Northwest Boulevard and Rockford Road in Plymouth Sunday night to remember the darkest chapter in the intersection's history.
"We're honoring the life of Trisha Nelson, who was murdered at the intersection of Northwest Boulevard and Rockford Road on the weekend of Valentine's Day this year," said Dawn Strommen, a local psychologist and event organizer.
Strommen helped organize this domestic violence vigil, in partnership with Mount Olivet Lutheran Church of Plymouth and St. Joseph the Worker in Maple Grove.
"It's a powerful message because we know that one out of four homes are domestically abusive, in any economic status, in any racial status, that's what we have," Strommen said. "But we live in denial about that. We don't want to believe that that's true."
The truth of domestic abuse is all too real for Tanya Fure. It was her sister who was killed at the Plymouth intersection on that cold February night.
"What my hope is for other people to see what happened in my sister's relationship, recognize early warning signs in theirs, and realize it really can happen to them," Fure said.
Spreading that message has become her goal in the days and months since her sister's murder. The hope is that by being front and center at a service like the one she was at on Sunday, that other families can learn, and perhaps be spared of the pain she's suffered.
"You can't change the past," Fure said. "But hopefully her message, her story, can be an inspiration to somebody to have a future."
Christians believe in the idea of death and resurrection, and with Trisha's death at the hands of her boyfriend, maybe someone, somewhere can resurrect their life.
"Hopefully her story can be a message of strength and healing to somebody else to recognize those signs and know that they deserve better," Fure said.
This is the fourth annual domestic violence vigil held by the churches to remember local victims and spread awareness. They hope to hold another event in the spring.
Oct. 10, 2016