The “March of the Brides” to raise awareness of domestic violence ends Monday in the south of the Laurentian | Merrimack Valley

LAWRENCE — The 20th annual “Brides’ Walk” to raise awareness and prevent domestic violence will take place this year in the neighborhood where a 30-year-old woman was allegedly murdered by her husband in June.

Walkers dressed in wedding dresses and white attire will gather and walk at 12 Diamond St. on Monday, September 26 at 4:30 p.m.

Authorities said Mariel Ramos De Los Santos, a mother of four, was murdered by her husband, Junior Solis Garcia, 39, in their 12 Diamond St. apartment in June.

Garcia was held without bail after his arraignment for murder.

The Bride’s Walk is a “much-needed opportunity to foster awareness and healing from the domestic violence crisis,” according to Delamano, a local advocacy group sponsoring the event.

The Bride Walk is a walk held annually in several states, including Massachusetts.

Women wear wedding or all-white dresses and men dress in black in solidarity with the memory of Gladys Ricart, a Dominican immigrant who was murdered on her wedding day by her ex-boyfriend 23 years ago in New Jersey, as well as all deceased victims and survivors of domestic violence, according to Delamano,

“For the past 19 years, our goal has been to honor all victims who have died from domestic violence and provide information to victims and bystanders about services available in our communities,” Delamano said.

Other domestic violence programs, rape crisis centers, nonprofit and faith-based organizations, and education and law enforcement groups are participating in the event. The public is invited to join.

Despite ongoing efforts, domestic violence remains a crisis with more than three women in the United States being murdered every day by their husbands or boyfriends, according to statistics provided by Delamano.

Monday’s march is sponsored by Delamano, Inc., in conjunction with YWCA NEMA and the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center in Newburyport.

Follow staff reporter Jill Harmacinski on Twitter @EagleTribJill.

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