To honor the lives of Krista Ambers and Kelly Ann Anderson, Minnesota’s 13th and 14th known victims of domestic violence homicide in 2015, more than 300 agencies, organizations, businesses and individuals from across the state will raise the Live Free without Violence flag – a public awareness campaign spearheaded by the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women.
Ambers, 36, was murdered on Aug. 6 in her Brooklyn Park home. When police arrived at the home in response to a report of an unconscious person, Ambers was found without a pulse and had injuries to her neck and arms. According to the medical examiner the cause of death was strangulation. The suspect, Amber’s former boyfriend, is said to have had a history of domestic abuse charges and an order for protection filed against him. Ambers’ family stated that they had seen visible marks of abuse on her in the past, and expressed concern. She was the mother of three children.
Anderson, 45, was stabbed to death in South St. Paul. Early in the morning of Aug. 7, the suspect is said to have called 911 and told a dispatcher he killed a woman. When police arrived, they found Kelly dead in the living room with a large kitchen knife in her hand. The suspect claims the two had been drinking when a disagreement occurred involving a bottle of alcohol. According to the medical examiner, Kelly had cuts on her right jawline, chin, neck and a fatal wound to the base of her neck. Scratches on her stomach and swelling to her lips and right eye were also present. The medical examiner stated that Kelly had two deep cuts to the outside of her hand, which were consistent with defensive wounds.
The Live Free without Violence flag campaign serves to honor those who have lost their lives due to intimate partner violence; increase community awareness of domestic violence and engage communities in proactive efforts to address violence. Flags, banners, yard signs and window decals have been placed in the public eye to memorialize the lives of Ambers, Anderson, and the lives lost to domestic violence in Minnesota.
For more information about the Live Free without Violence campaign and domestic violence, contact Becky Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women’s website at www.mcbw.org.
For those experiencing abuse, contact Day One at (866) 223-1111 for assistance.