On Oct. 16, 2003, Kathleen Ciccone of Mountain Home was run down and killed following an argument with her husband. He was convicted of her murder and the death of the 11-week-old fetus she was carrying.
"It's been eight long years. It shattered my life," Ciccone's mother Kathy Figueredo said this morning on the steps of the Idaho Capitol. "I want us to light a candle and keep the flame going in her memory."
Figueredo was one of nine speakers commemorating the beginning of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
"According to Idaho State Police records, in 2010, there were 6,000 reported incidents of violence between spouses, ex-spouses or people in dating relationships," said Boise Police Chief Mike Masterson. "That's one every 88 minutes."
In 2011, 18 domestic violence- related fatalities have taken place in Idaho, as compared to 13 fatalities in all of 2010.
"We prosecute because it's our mission," said Dustin Smith, president of the Idaho Prosecuting Attorneys Association. "But we do it because one incident of domestic violence is too many."