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Candlelight vigil puts a local focus on under-reported crime

Solemn placards, like this one, dotted the walkway at the Hikaru Mizu Japanese Garden at Four Rivers Cultural Center last week during a candlelight vigil to mark Domestic Violence Month. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell).

ONTARIO – Along the stone pathway inside the Hikaru Mizu Japanese Garden at Four Rivers Cultural Center, small, white placards stood.

Next to each placard was a pair of shoes. A red pair of women’s pumps. A pair of men’s tennis shoes. A tiny candle inside a blue container burned before each, a signal to mark another death from domestic abuse.

The somber displays stood as a centerpiece of the annual candlelight vigil on Thursday, Oct. 2, at the cultural center. The event, sponsored by Project DOVE, a local nonprofit that offers services to victims of domestic violence, attracted 25 people and . . .