Mother of woman lost to domestic violence has powerful message


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – They stand together, embracing, listening, remembering.

For Pat Leturgez, the memories are almost too much at times.

Pat Leturgez lost her daughter in a domestic situation.

“Kelly was a really outgoing girl, she was strong. I don’t know how he ever got into her brain to do what he did to her,” Pat said.

Kelly’s murder sent shockwaves through the entire community and it all but destroyed her family.

“We want to show support to their family and friends, and we’re also expressing home for a non-violent future,” Melissa Reed from CODA said.

That right there is the reason Kelly’s family could never let their tragedy extinguish their personal flame.

It’s become their mission.

“We had written in her obituary if you’re in that kind of a problem, do something now…or you’ll be in the next obituary,” Pat said.

It’s a mission that will help save lives in the future while at the same time honoring a life that had so much to give.

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