Friends, family gather to honor Monroe domestic violence victim

MONROE, Wash. -- Police say Jacoba Ramirez-Rodriguez was stabbed to death by her husband last May in Monroe, and on Monday her friends and a close-knit community came together to remember her and all the other victims of domestic violence in Washington.

Her family said Ramirez-Rodriguez was smiling down on them Monday night, even as the community gathered in her memory. October is domestic violence awareness month across the United States. It's a cause Ramirez-Rodriguez's family never expected to be part of, much less be in the middle of.

"I would have never thought that my brother-in-law would do something like that," said Nicolasa Garcia, Ramirez-Rodriguez's sister.

Oscar Pacheco is accused of stabbing his wife to death in front of their store in downtown Monroe last May. Police say he violated a restraining order to attacker her.

"(She was) my sister, my friend, the second mother of my kids," Garcia said.

Her brother and sister joined the small group on Monday night. They show how close to home domestic violence and it's deadly consequences can come.

"I know that my sister is very happy because she sees the community getting closer together, and that was very important for her," Garcia said.

At Monday's gathering, the bell tolled 11 times to honor every 10 victims of domestic violence in Washington. It rang a 12th time solely for a mother, a sister and her unexpected legacy.

Ramirez-Rodriguez left behind two children.