Family speaks out against domestic violence after loved one shot, killed

DAVIE COUNTY, N.C. — Family members are coming together to create awareness for domestic violence after authorities say a woman was shot and killed by her husband in late September.

It’s only been two weeks since 29-year-old Sarah Harris was murdered. Investigators say her husband, a Marine based at Camp Lejuene, shot her in the head before killing himself near his parents Davie County home. Harris died shortly after undergoing surgery at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

While her death is still fresh, friends and family are finding a way to honor her, and advocate against domestic violence.

“In these type of situations, tragedies like this, there are always questions in your mind,”said Milind Dongre, Harris’ high school friend from their days at Forsyth Country Day. “She fought and that’s what we’re trying to do in her name.”

Dongre married Harris’ cousin Leigh, who shares a striking resemblance to her, just a year ago. On Thursday morning, they met to talk for the first time about Harris, and their effort to honor her with a team carrying her nickname in the Winston-Salem “Walk A Mile in Her Shoes” event Saturday. Men will race in high heels, in a lighthearted, fun approach to raising awareness about a serious issue.

 Something those close to Harris say she would have loved.

“Sarah was a very passionate soul, vivacious. Cared for others,” said Leigh. “And we just know that this would really be an event that really spoke to her.”

The Facebook fundraising page for “Sassy’s Team,” has raised more than $3,000 in less than a week.

“It’s a way for her family and friends to heal,” said Milind.

Liz Smith will be there Saturday. Harris, a childhood friend, was by her side as she fought her own battle with domestic violence.

“She always said we were kindred spirits,” said Smith. “We were a lot alike.”

Though, little did she know her friend was fighting in the same war . Harris never told her anything about domestic issues with her husband, and she’s discouraging the silence on Saturday.

“A lot of times people feel like women are weak and that’s why they’re in that situation and that’s not what it is,” said Smith. “They can get out of it and have an amazing life.”

“(We hope to) Spread a positive message and hopefully prevent something like this in the future,” said Milind.

For more information about Harris’ “Walk A Mile in Her Shoes” team visit the fundraising page: http://www.facebook.com/events/188801607922334/

To register for the event, visit sponsor Family Services website at www.fsifamily.org.

If you or anyone else you know may be a victim of domestic violence click here for resources.



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