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Vigil held outside Jeffersonville woman's home following her murder

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Jeffersonville, Ind. (WDRB) – Ten days ago, Jeffersonville police say a woman was murdered by her ex-boyfriend. On Sunday, dozens gathered outside her home to remember her spirit and life, not the way she died.

"We gather this afternoon for a time of sacred prayer," said one organizer, talking about the prayer for Tammy Jo Blanton.

The daughter, sister and friend killed on Sept. 11. Her ex-boyfriend, Joseph Oberhansley, is now charged with her murder.

"We remember that there is hope and we stand together to support one another in this loss," read one woman.

More than 100 friends and family members stood outside Blanton's home Sunday in Jeffersonville making sure no life is forgotten.

"She loved life, " said Connie Sneed, who's known Blanton since the sixth grade. "And we love her very much and we're hoping the community will come together as one against domestic violence."

Pastor Don Summerfield of First Presbyterian Church helped organize the vigil.

He says the church started them in 2005 after a man murdered his wife and 11-month old child.

"And we made that murder site one of the stops on the way to the cross," he said. “Since that first one, we've had nine of these vigils."

Sunday's makes ten.

"Over half of the murders we've had here, almost ten years, have been related to domestic violence."

That's why Blanton's friends are reaching out to others, wearing purple to raise awareness about domestic violence and show it can happen to anyone.

Out of respect for the victim's family, they decided not to talk with the media.

But as the sun shines over Blanton's home, a reflection on the pavement focuses on faith.

"The cross is a symbol of violence redeemed and death overcome,” Pastor Summerfield said. “And we hold to that at a time like this and look to that and trust that the God that accomplished that can accomplish the same in our lives and in this place."

Blanton's friends have planned a walk next month to raise awareness about domestic violence.

They'll cross the Big Four Bridge on Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. and also release purple balloons in Blanton's memory.

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