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Posted: April 12, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Domestic violence memorial dedication of Audrey Atkinson

Audrey Atkinson, a 19-year-old mother to then eight-month-old son, Aiden, was gunned down by her boyfriend at the Liberty Station off Almon Rd. in Covington on May 7, 2010.

Project ReNeWal, a shelter for battered women, along with Atkinson’s family, are dedicating a black granite bench with Audrey’s picture etched on it to replace a makeshift memorial that had been erected there. A ceremony will take place on Sunday, April 13 at 3 p.m.

Director Vickie Stevenson said the bench will also serve as a continual community awareness baring the shelter’s phone number. Surrounded by plantings, the bench proclaims a bleak truth — “Domestic Violence Kills.” In 2013, Project ReNeWal hosted 2,400 women and children seeking refuge from abusive situations and provided 41,000 services. Their annual golf tournament is on May 16 at Cherokee Run. For more information, contact Vickie Stevenson at 770-860-9770.

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