A major push to end domestic violence was made in Meriden on Sunday.
A 5k run and walk was held at Hubbard Park in memory of Loredana Nesci, a mother and former reality television star who was killed last summer at her home in California.
“You know the first thing I think about when I wake up in the morning is her. The last thing I think about when I go to bed is her,” said her brother Sal Nesci.
It was nearly four months ago when Nesci was killed, and police have charged her boyfriend Robert Reagan with her murder.
The two have a 5-year-old son together.
On Sunday, hundreds of people showed their support for the Nescis and their effort to end domestic violence.
“By doing this and remembering my sister, we also remember all the survivors of domestic violence,” Sal Nesci said.
“She was fueled by fitness her whole life and I think that she's happy in heaven knowing that so many people are coming out and doing something healthy for themselves,” said her niece Catherine Nesci.
Lisa Mallinson said she knows about the horrors of domestic violence and said she recently broke free from an ugly situation with her former partner.
“It did take quite a bit of strength,” Mallinson said. "The more support families can get to get out of that situation, the better."
Half of the money raised will go toward Chrysalis Domestic Violence Services in Wallingford and Meriden the rest to Loredana's son's education fund.
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