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Hundreds walk to bring end to domestic violence

KENNEBUNK (WGME) -- According to statistics from the state, almost half of murders in Maine are related to domestic violence.

One victim's family is trying to make a difference for other couples who may be struggling with abuse.

Nicole Oliver was murdered in 2007. 

Police say her husband killed her and then himself, leaving behind their two young sons.

"She was just a wonderful friend so I miss her energy and her beauty," said Amanda Morris, a friend of Oliver.

In Kennebunk on Saturday, hundreds ran for "Nicole's 5K," which is an effort to spread awareness about a crisis responsible for nearly half of Maine's homicides.

It was held in an area, which friends say Oliver liked to walk with her boys.

Different groups were on hand to talk about their services and to remind people who might be in a bad situation that help is always available.

"If it's that bad then you don't think there's a way out and that's just what you have to come to realization with. That there is a way and everyone here is here to help," said Ryan Vanesse, a volunteer for the race.

Each year, participants hope their efforts will save a life.

"To help other moms and women get out safely and so children can have their mothers and not lose their life like Nicole did," Morris said.