[Mount Vernon] On Tuesday, October 28, a group of friends, families, and Mt. Vernon businesses will gather at Maggies Spillanes (571 Gramatan Avenue) from 6:00 to 9:00 PM to raise awareness and funds for three young victims of domestic violence, of which only two survived.
“September 11 has a very different meaning to Sasha Quamie, now 14, and Samara White, now 5. It marks the night they lost their mom to domestic violence,” said Councilman Rich Thomas.
Cleopatra Tamika Lovelace had just turned 30, had a great job, nice car, own apartment, and went to sleep confident in her actions ending an abusive relationship so her kids can have a better life. Her ex-boyfriend used an illegal handgun to deny her, her freedom of pursuing her dreams without him. By the grace of God, Sasha’s and Samara’s lives were spared; however their memories scarred from this heinous, cowardly act.
When describing the situation, he said, “she was one of my best friend’s kid sister and her loss devastated the her family, friends and the broader young professional community in Mt. Vernon. It was a real wake-up call that domestic violence is a real and silent danger that can only be stopped by courage, awareness, and a network of resources,” stated Councilman Thomas. A collation of Cleopatra’s friends and family members are gathering to raise awareness of domestic violence and raise monies for her daughters. He added, “It is everyone’s obligation to learn the signs, find ways to intervene, and let victims know that they are not alone in their fight for safety.”
Last year the group heard from experts from the City of Mt Vernon, receiving tips on how to engage the issue. This year Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson will provide remarks on her work to combat domestic violence in New York State. Senator Jeff Klein is also expected to join the group in solidarity and offer perspective to shed light and share solutions on this deep and dark issue