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Walk to End Silence held in Middletown

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Hundreds walked to raise awareness about domestic violence. (WFSB) Hundreds walked to raise awareness about domestic violence. (WFSB)
MIDDLETOWN, CT (WFSB) -

The murder of 7-month-old infant in Middletown brought attention to the struggle against domestic violence victims and hundreds turned out to support raising awareness for preventive services at event on Saturday morning.

In early July, Aaden was thrown off the Arrigoni Bridge by his father, 21-year-old Tony Moreno. Mere days after the baby's mother was denied a restraining order.

People gathered at Harbor Park where police have organized a walk to help all victims of domestic violence. Middletown Police Captain Gary Wallace said they wanted to “bring people together to raise awareness and raise awareness for New Horizons.”

“We wanted to break cycles,” Wallace said. 

The Middletown Police Department formed this walk not only to bring awareness to the plight of domestic violence, but also raise money to help its many victims. All the money raised went to the New Horizons Domestic Violence Services. 

During the early morning hours of July 5, Middletown officers responded to the Arrigoni Bridge where, according to the arrest warrant, Moreno admitted that he hurled his Aaden into the Connecticut River, which killed the child. 

The baby's mother had worried for their safety, but was denied a restraining order, allowing Moreno to see the child. Along with a grieving family, Middletown police immediately felt the effects of this tragedy.

 “It’s horrible. I don’t think it’s ever going away,” Wallace said. “But we can reduce it and raise awareness.”

Wallace said the officers in the Middletown Police Department are still suffering after Aaden’s death.

“A lot of officers don’t talk about it, myself included,” Wallace said. “We just try to move on…We do still carry it.”

The walk is a good way to “relive this stress,” Wallace said.

Aaden’s mother was in attendance. Mayor Daniel Drew said he was overwhelmed by the turnout and support. 

"To have so many people come out and to step up and stand with the victims of domestic violence and support the victims of domestic violence is extraordinarily heartwarming, Drew said. 

WFSB reporter Susan Raff emceed the walk.

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