A local woman is asking Houstonians to keep their porch lights on, Friday afternoon and evening, to remember victims of family violence.
For years, Sandy Murphy has counseled victims of domestic abuse and worked to raise awareness.
As a young wife and mother, Murphy says she was often beaten by her husband. In those days, she would switch on her porch light, as a signal to her neighbors to leave their door unlocked in case she needed to flee.
On Friday, Murphy is hoping many folks will do the same, as a show of solidarity.
"Not only are they saying that we're not going to tolerate violence in our homes and our communities and churches, our workplaces," said Murphy, "but it also says that you are representing those who have been killed behind the issue."
Sandy Murphy, herself, was almost one of the dead. Friday marks the 39th anniversary of the day her husband blew her face off with a 12-gauge shotgun.