A dancer with the Nogales-based school Dan’s Movement holds a butterfly ornament provided by Team Jazmine, a non-profit that assists domestic violence survivors.

On a dark and cold Thursday evening at Fleischer Park, Susan Stemper stood in front of a crowd, cloaked in a sweatshirt with a picture of her daughter’s face.

“I’m Marilynn’s mom,” said the Rio Rico woman, speaking calmly into a microphone. “And our community pretty much knew her by ‘Matty.’”


Visitors gaze at a photograph of Marilynn “Matty” Pacheco, a 25-year-old mother who was killed by her boyfriend in 2019.


Vigil participants release purple balloons into the air during a moment of silence for those who died at the hands of domestic violence.


Candles flicker during a vigil for domestic violence survivors and victims at Fleischer Park.

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