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Tree planting today to honor slain Montague women

TURNERS FALLS — New trees will begin to take root today in memory of four Montague women killed in the late 1980s.

All are invited to the tree-planting at 5 p.m. in Peskeomskut Park, at the corner of Avenue A and Seventh Street.

The trees replace the original memorial trees, which have since died, according to organizers, and are intended to honor Vivian Morrissey, Virginia Ferrer, Catherine Gochinski, Tracy Sheperd and all past and present victims of domestic violence.

According to the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office, the county has seen 12 fatal incidents of domestic violence since 1987, when five people were killed in the period between September 1987 and May 1989.

Speakers include Montague Police Chief Charles “Chip” Dodge III, District Attorney David Sullivan, who will lead the White Ribbon Day pledge to be part of the solution, and Mary Kociela of Sullivan’s office, and a founder of the county’s domestic abuse prevention non-profit.

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