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Remembrance for Crystal Brame planned

The Pierce County Commission Against Domestic Violence will sponsor a remembrance for Crystal Brame, her family and other victims and survivors of domestic violence.

The event, "A Time for Community Healing," is scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Wright Park in Tacoma.

Crystal Brame died Saturday, a week after she was shot by her husband, Tacoma Police Chief David Brame. After shooting his wife, Brame killed himself.

Speakers will explain what domestic violence is, give warning signs to watch for, detail its effect on children, explain where victims can get help, discuss how to find treatment for abusers and define how the community can best respond to the issue.

Guest speakers will include Steve Pepping, commission chairman; April Gerlock, a commission member and staff member at the Veterans Administration Hospital at American Lake; Merril Cousin of the King County Coalition Against Domestic Violence; and Nan Stupes of the state Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

There also will be an open microphone, with time for domestic violence victims, survivors and family members to speak, and a time for the public to ask questions about domestic violence.

For information, call the Pierce County Commission Against Domestic Violence at 253-798-7660.

Day of mourning will include event at Theatre on the Square

Friday's day of mourning to commemorate Crystal Brame's death will include an event at the Theatre on the Square park in downtown Tacoma.

The event will be from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. in the 900 block of Broadway, acting City Manager Jim Walton said Wednesday.

"Representatives from many faiths in the Tacoma area, citizens and employees will gather to grieve the loss we've felt and to try to begin the healing process," Walton said.

In addition, Mayor Bill Baarsma has urged the city's churches, synagogues and mosques to open their doors so residents can pray and express their grief over Crystal Brame's death.

Debbie Cafazzo: 253-597-8635