SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Concern over domestic violence brought dozens of people together for a protest march in downtown Springfield Sunday afternoon.
The 2nd Domestic Violence Awareness Walk from City Hall was held in memory of murder victim Jessica Rojas. It was four years ago this month that the 25-year-old single mother of four was stabbed to death by her boyfriend. He’s serving a life sentence for murder.
Jessica’s family was joined by those who knew the young woman or have family members who’ve been victims of domestic abuse.
Alida Abril, a friend of Jessica’s told 22News, “Domestic abuse has to stop, and then we can all stand up. If you have any problems there are places you can go, you can call a friend and you can get free of domestic violence.”
Melanie Nunez said, “Today I’m walking for Jessica Rojas and all the other victims and survivors of domestic violence, including my own sister Jasmine Nunez.”
The solemn procession continued from City Hall to the Northgate Plaza on Main Street. The family would release balloons in memory of her birthday.
Jessica would have turned 29 on March 2nd.