(Seguin) -- The family of Monica Gallegos is inviting the Seguin community to a candlelight vigil tonight in memory of the young mother killed one year ago by her boyfriend.
The 28-year-old woman died after being stabbed multiple times by her boyfriend 26-year-old Esteban Pinon. The stabbing occurred at a home in the 18,000 block of State Highway 123 South. Pinon was later located and arrested after hiding in a dumpster just up the road at Smithey's Country Store.
Guadalupe County Sheriff's Investigators say the couple, unfortunately, had a history of domestic violence.
Jennifer Fernandez, the executive director of the Guadalupe Valley Family Violence Shelter, says like the family, the community also continues to mourn her loss.
"It hit so close to home with it being in our community and the fact that she was a mother of two young children and our hearts obviously went out to her loved ones then and now -- and as they're still working to deal with her loss. You know this is one more tragic example that domestic violence isn't something that goes on behind closed doors. It affects entire communities and certainly, a good part of our community is feeling this loss," said Fernandez.
Fernandez says this tragedy has definitely been difficult and hopes this one year anniversary sheds awareness and hope for others who might also be struggling with domestic violence.
"Domestic violence is something that is happening in every community, every single day. Thankfully, it doesn't as often end in such a tragedy as this. This is something that people are dealing with each and every day and it does affect entire communities. Entire communities can come together and say that we're not going to tolerate this anymore. We can show support for those who are mourning the loss of their loved one. We can show support for people -- our friends, our neighbors, our family members who are dealing with domestic violence every single day. Letting them know that we're here for them, letting them know that there is help and there is hope and all of it begins as just a phone call away," said Fernandez.
The candlelight vigil will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today in the Central Park Gazebo.