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Ceremony to ‘reclaim’ space where police say Gig Harbor woman was beaten to death by boyfriend

Post by Alexis Krell / The News Tribune on Oct. 22, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
October 22, 2012 4:44 pm

A service to “reclaim” the space where police say a Gig Harbor woman was beaten to death by her boyfriend will be this week.

People with gather at 10 a.m. Thursday at 7002 38th Street Northwest in Gig Harbor to honor Kathryn, “Kate” Southward, who died at the hospital Oct. 5 from her injuries.

The brief ceremonies, called moments are blessings, are held by Associated Ministries at the sites of homicides and are open to the public.

They are meant to support victims’ families, friends and communities where homicides have occurred.

Participants mark the places with bamboo poles with red and purple ribbons.

Vested clergy are encouraged to attend.

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