Families, friends share stories and pain at ceremony in honor of domestic violence victims

LAS VEGAS - Domestic violence is a crime that knows no boundaries, and so far this year, Metro Police has investigated 20 domestic-violence-related homicides.

Instead of celebrating her daughter's 21-st birthday next month, Metia Linear is attending a ceremony remembering victim's of domestic violence.  According to police, Linear's daughter, Geranique Bentley, was brutally murdered by her boyfriend in March 2017.

"They fought, and he strangled her to death, and after that, he burned her," said Linear.

Bently was found at an apartment complex near Tenaya Way and Washington Avenue.  Police weren't able to identify her body, so they had to release a sketch.

"At the end of the day, when I want to visit my daughter I have to go to the cemetery," said Linear.  "His parents can come here and visit him so that's all I can say. It's, it's just sad.

On Wednesday, Linear joined other grieving families and friends who understand her pain.
Her daughter's name is among 21 others placed on a plaque at Metro's Annual Ceremony to Remember Victims of Domestic Violence.  Honoring their lives that were cut short by a crime that police say can affect anyone.

Metro's goal is to get to the point where the agency doesn't have a reason to hold the annual ceremony.

"It's a little cathartic," said Freddy Lopez, one victim's friend.

Lopez is a close friend of Makayla Rhiner whose name will be added to a plaque next year.

"Know that you are not alone because the last thing that we want as a community, as individuals, as your loved ones, is to be attending a memorial like this," said Lopez. 

According to Lopez, Rhiner's killer became obsessed with her after they briefly dated.  The suspect attacked the 21-year-old at her home near Russell Road and Buffalo Drive in August.
"You think you go out and she's just seeing someone and then, next thing you know vandalism, and then the attack. then it was too late," Lopez said.

But, Lopez doesn't think it's too late to save other domestic violence victims, so he's on a mission to start a foundation honoring the friend he describes as loving and hard working.
The plaque will first be on display at Nellis Air Force Base before being moved to the Family Justice Center, which is scheduled to open before the end of this year.

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