Cruise-in planned for shooting victim


By Chris Cooper - ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com



On April 9, 2016, from 4-8 p.m. there will be a Cruise-In held to bring the community together and show support for Amanda Harper and her family. Amanda was a victim in the recent shooting that took place Tuesday, March 15 while she was waiting in the drive-thru at McDonald’s in Russellville.

“It is a day that shook the community and changed it forever,” said Alicison Bell, a friend. “Although she is going to recover, she has a long road ahead of her.”

Bell, along with Shannon Knight, Leslie Oberhausen and Tammy Grayson, are partnering up with Clay Bilyeu to organize the event, to not only help Harper, but to bring awareness to domestic violence which touches so many lives.

Organizers say Amanda is a daughter, a friend and a mother of two beautiful children. Your thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated during this time. Organizers are excited to see the community and surrounding areas unite behind a great cause.

Several things will be happening on the square April 9 to help raise money for Amanda’s family including: a cake walk, silent auction, singing, food sales, games and the raffling of a kayak.

If your business or anyone you know would like to make a donation of any kind, monetary or otherwise, it would be greatly appreciated said organizers. Domestic violence T-shirts will also be on sale.

All donations can be dropped off at Bluegrass Check Advance at 669 North Main Street Suite B in Russellville, or can be picked up by any of the organizers. You can call 270-847-7801 or 270-847-1542.

Harper’s mother Vanessa released a statement on her daughter’s recovery, and their gratefulness to the community for its support.

“Amanda and I would like to thank everyone for their outpouring of love and support for her during this time. We give God thanks that he was with her that day.

“Currently, she is in a lot of pain and the bullet is still lodged in her chest, above her lung. She has 10 stitches in her shoulder to close up the entry wound. She will be needing physical therapy once her doctor has okayed arm movement.

“She will heal physically, but the emotional healing will take some time. She is suffering from some panic attacks and it is going to take time to work through the emotions of such a traumatic event.

“God has been with her up to this point, and our faith in him causes us to believe he will be with her through the entire process.

“Amanda was not the only victim that day. We ask that when you pray, please remember the other victims of this senseless act, a little girl that lost her daddy, a mother that had to bury her son and all that were affected by the events of that day.”

Domestic Violence Statistics

Every minute, about 20 people are physically abused by an intimate partner in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Although the rate of domestic violence has dropped significantly over the past decade, the issue remains extremely relevant and far-reaching, and has been spotlighted recently by cases involving NFL players Ray Rice and Greg Hardy, as well as pop star Chris Brown.

While these well known and well covered stories have shed light on domestic violence and helped alert the public to its dangers, many incidents still go unreported and unknown.

Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behavior in which someone uses physical, sexual, psychological or other types of harm against a current or former partner, an immediate family member or another relative. It can also include stalking, threats or other behaviors meant to manipulate or control someone else.

Between 2003 and 2012, domestic violence accounted for over 20 percent of all violent crime in the U.S. Intimate partner violence – meaning violence involving current or former spouses, boyfriends or girlfriends – is the most common type of domestic violence.

By Chris Cooper

ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com

To contact Chris Cooper, email ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com or call 270-726-8394.

To contact Chris Cooper, email ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com or call 270-726-8394.

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