Sunrise vigil to remember Brittany-Jane Royal, domestic violence victims

HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - A sunrise silent march and vigil will be held on Tuesday in remembrance of domestic violence victims, including Brittany-Jane Royal, a pregnant woman who was found dead in Puna in May 2013.

"We are asking for anyone who wishes to join this silent march to wear either something with a peace sign or lotus flower: symbols particularly meaningful to Brittany; or the color purple to symbolize the continued fight against domestic violence," the Hawaii County Office of the Prosecuting Attorney said in a statement.

Royal was found tangled in a fishing line off the Kalapana coast on May 28. Big Island police said she was murdered by her boyfriend, Boaz Johnson, who later hanged himself in a forested area upslope of where he and Royal were camping.

The event will take place at 7 a.m. in front of the King Kamehameha statue along Kamehameha Avenue in the bayfront area of Hilo.

"This vigil will recognize and remember all those on the Big Island who have lost their lives to domestic violence," the statement said.

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