Vigil honors a woman who lost her life to domestic violence

INDIANAPOLIS — A prayer vigil Friday shed light on domestic violence and honored the memory of Amber Morgan, who police say was killed by her husband weeks after giving birth.

“We love you Amber” were the words heard at the vigil before the community blew bubbles into the air in memory of 26-year-old Amber Morgan.

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“Amber was the personification of love, she went above and beyond,” said her stepfather, Matthew Officer. “She was just extremely supportive and just a wonderful person.”

On June 1, the young mother’s life was cut short.

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Her husband is accused of shooting her to death early that Saturday morning in the 3000 block of Armory Drive in Indianapolis.

“We are going through a lot of heartache and suffering,” the officer said.

He also said the family saw no signs of abuse in Morgan’s relationship.

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“We were not aware of anything that would have led to this incident,” he said.

Morgan’s daughter Audri is only six weeks old, not even old enough to remember her mother.

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“She was a kindergarten teacher, but she also had aspirations to be a leader. She had signed up for our pioneer program, where we build the leaders within our building,” said Valerie Miller, the K-6 principle at Victory College Prep, where Morgan worked. “We hoped she would be a trailblazer in the fall.”

The elementary school teacher was also a graduate student at Marian University.

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More than a hundred people attended the vigil the university held to honor its legacy and shed light on domestic violence.

“Pregnancy and childbirth, that’s when we see an increase in domestic violence, even if there wasn’t any domestic violence before,” said Kelly McBride, executive director of the Domestic Violence Network. “Having a safety plan is very important if you are in an aroused domestic violence relationship.”

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McBride said Morgan asked family members if she wanted to divorce her husband and she planned to leave.

They hope Friday’s event will give survivors and family members the tools and support to prevent these tragedies in the future.

“What you need to do is absolutely ask for help. Contact a lawyer, talk to a family member if you don’t want to do that, they can contact a lawyer for you,” McBride said.

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“We’re asking the community to lean on each other to find help, seek help, find better ways to cope, healthy ways to cope and hug your loved ones,” Officer added.

The family has created an Amber and Audri website to honor Morgan’s legacy and share information about domestic violence.

You can also visit the Domestic Violence Network for more information.