Vigil held for victim of domestic violence, aims to raise awareness

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Friends and family of a woman murdered in 2012 hosted a Vigil Saturday to bring light to domestic violence. It was held at Highland Park Cemetery in honor of 43-year-old Sharon Nero.

The group released dozens of purple balloons; they said they represent victims and survivors of domestic violence. Nero's daughter, Dominique Allen, said she still can't believe her mother is gone.

"I think that's the hardest fact that you cannot pick up the phone and that you have to come to a cemetery to see your mom," she said.

On Saturday, the group held candles and wore purple clothes, pins and bracelets. Family said the color represents domestic violence awareness.

"I love my mother, I still do, that's my best friend," Allen said. "I love her, such a beautiful, wonderful woman."

The man charged with Nero's murder, Timothy W. Webb, 44, is being held at the Wyandotte County Jail. Family said Webb was Nero's boyfriend. Allen tells FOX 4 her mother's murder trial wrapped up Friday, ending with a hung jury. She said she has faith the second trial will bring her mother the justice she deserves.

Family friend, Pastor Bernard Crawford, said Nero was a kind and gentle woman.

"Every time I saw her, you know it was always welcoming," he said. "It was always a hug."

Police said Nero was most likely killed during a domestic dispute. She was found dead by her roommate in her Kansas City, Kansas home in 2012. Allen said she never met the man charged with killing her mother, but said he was Nero's boyfriend.

"He still gets his life, unfortunately I don't get my mother back," Allen said.

Family said they aren't sure when a re-trial will take place, but they are hopeful of a conviction.