Walk To Honor Murdered Woman Will Benefit Sojourn Shelter

Jun 14, 2017

This Saturday in Springfield is a walk that will raise money for the Sojourn Shelter in Springfield, which could be forced to close because of the state's budget impasse. The walk will commemorate the life of Tamy Gomes Vasquez. She was murdered two years ago by her boyfriend.

He had strangled her and fled in her car to Mississippi. He later pled guilty. Earlier this spring he was sentenced by a Sangamon County judge to 30 years in prison. Tamy's mother, Zileidi Giddings, and her friend, Emily Martinie, joined Illinois Edition to talk about what happened to Tamy and why they want to help prevent other woman from facing domestic violence, while urging those who are victims to speak up and get help. 

The walk takes place at Southwind Park in Springfield on Saturday at 10am. Registration begins at 8am. There will be entertainment and a silent auction to follow.