Vigil held for domestic violence victim

The mother of a 33-year-old Colon woman allegedly strangled to death back in October held a vigil for her daughter Saturday in Colon.

Tammy Clipfell lost her only daughter, Chelsea Wallen, to an act of domestic violence Oct. 15 at Wallen’s Colon residence.

Wallen was remembered by family, friends and even people who had never met her. Wallen, however, was not the only common bond to the 40 people who gathered at a blustery Colon Community Park.

Clipfell said she hopes women everywhere will use the tragedy of Wallen’s death as a wake-up call and provide the courage they may need to leave an abusive relationship.

That way, Clipfell said, her daughter’s death will not be in vain.

Saturday’s hour-long event at Colon Community Park featured speakers who remembered Wallen as a daughter and a friend. It also provided Clipfell an opportunity to acknowledge a community that rose to her aid in a time of need.

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  1. I appreciate and want to thank everyone who attended the vigil, it was a very cold and windy afternoon and it was nice to see the support of so many. This fight for Justice for Chelsea has just begun, but I hope that if you did not understand anything about Domestic abuse before that night that you walked away with more knowledge and understanding. Thank you everyone.

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