A 19-year-old victim of domestic violence was remembered Saturday in Springfield.
Close to 60 people, mainly women lined the front of 60 Federal Street; the same location where Tyshianna Atkins was found shot in on July 4th.
““What do we want? Justice! When do we want it? Now!,” shouted Atkins’ mother into a microphone.
Trudy Pantaleon kicked off Saturday's march. She wants justice for the girl who was known for having a big heart and even bigger dream.
“Everyone loved her, she was sweet. She aspired to be a model. She was just gorgeous, we all felt that she could be a model. She would do photo shoots and everything,” said 20-year-old Maya Saunders of her cousin.
But that dream was halted when her life came to a tragic end. Springfield Police say her boyfriend, 22-year-old Terrance Brown, shot Atkins during an argument.
“My daughter Tyshianna was vibrant, a loving sister, daughter and aunt. I’m still in shock, it’s so unreal to me that she’s gone,” said Pantaleon as she fought back tears.
It’s now been a month since Tyshianna’s death. Her mother says the march’s stepping off point marked a new beginning. “This is where she lost her life. This is where [the march will] begin, for us to travel down to the courthouse to get justice for her. I hope [those attending] can take away that they are not alone. There’s help out there, they don’t have to go through the struggle by themselves,” said Pantaleon
Among the marchers was Chinella Andino. Her cousin, Jessica Rojas, was stabbed to death by her boyfriend in Springfield last year. Andino also grew up with Tyshianna and says the impact of domestic violence is far reaching.
“It affects everyone. My cousin lost four of her kids because she passed away. How do they feel? Tyshianna grew up with with her sister, her sister’s devastated,” said Andino who attended the march with her three children.
One in four women are victims of domestic violence. Tyshianna’s murder marked the city’s 11th homicide of the year.