Vigil held in honor of Kelsey Miller

Posted by: Megan Conway

The message was clear, domestic violence crimes are not going to be accepted by this community. Around 50 people came to Methodist Women’s Hospital in Omaha to stand against domestic violence and remember Kelsey Miller.

“We wanted to take a stand and let people know that we’re here for victims. One life is too many to lose and we hope that this never happens to anyone ever again,” says Anne Boatright, SANE coordinator. 

Boatright is a nurse who set–up this event after learning of Miller’s death. The 28–year–old Lincoln woman went missing on Thanksgiving. Her body was found in a storage unit last Sunday. Her husband now faces first degree murder charges. Some members at the vigil were also victims of domestic violence and spoke about how hard it is to leave, and the control the victims are under.

“You’re broken and you’re just worn down to like your bottom level. You need somebody strong and somebody to kind of step up and say ‘I’ve got you.’ Shine a light on domestic violence because all too often there’s so many people that are suffering even as we speak,” says Amy Heck, domestic violence survivor.

Those who spoke at the vigil say asking for help is hard, but they want victims to know they are here and are never alone.

“We hope that you can feel strong enough to come and get the help that you need,” says Boatright.  

To conclude the vigil, a prayer was said in Kelsey’s memory and the Miller family continues to be in their thoughts through this difficult time.