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Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : October 21, 2011

Malakoff Detective Sergeant Floyd Thomas holds his Hope Award in front of the Clothesline Project at last week’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month rally.

By Michael V. Hannigan

Malakoff Detective Sergeant Floyd Thomas recently received the Hope Award from the East Texas Crisis Center.

The award was presented at the Crisis Center’s annual Wine and Cheese event held this year on Oct. 7.
Recipients are chosen because of “their dedication in helping victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and other violent crimes in the community.”

In a letter announcing the award, Crisis Center Director of Outreach Donna Johnson wrote, “Officer Thomas’s work

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Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : October 20, 2011

Above, a shirt in memory of Kristi Morris hangs on the Clothesline Project at last week's Domestic Violence Awareness Month rally at the courthouse in Athens. Kristi was 22 when she was gunned down in front of her 2-year-old daughter. The shooter was her husband. Her mother, Terry Dreier spoke about the experience at the rally.

By Michael V. Hannigan

ATHENS – In June 2009, 22-year-old Kristi Morris was gunned down in front of her 2-year-old daughter. The shooter was her husband, Matt Morris.

“Every day since that day my heart aches for my daughter,” said her mother, Terry Dreier. “I miss her so much and my life will never be the same.”

Dreier spoke at the Domestic Violence Awareness Month rally on the steps of the Henderson County Courthouse last week.

“When you hear somebody talk about domestic violence, you tend to think, ‘It could never happen to me,’ ‘I could never let anyone treat me like that,’ or ‘That just happens to a few people,’” she said. “You might wonder how anyone could stay in such a situation.

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