WASHINGTON — A vigil was held on Sunday night in honor of 35-year-old Tonya Wilkerson-Sullivan. Police say she was shot and killed last month by her husband, 37-year-old Antoine Elvin Sullivan, who then turned the gun on himself at their Upper Marlboro home.
Friends and family members gathered to remember the 35-year-old mother of four, but to also talk about the issue of domestic violence. Olivia Franklin, friend and neighbor of Wilkerson-Sullivan, says she hopes her friend’s death will encourage others to speak up.
Prince George’s County, Maryland leads the state with the most reported cases of domestic violence.
“Our goal — what Tonya would have wanted — was to promote awareness to domestic violence for every man and woman,” said Priscilla Merritt, a friend. “Speak up, say something.”
Tonya’s godfather also had a message for those attending the vigil: “Domestic violence — don’t touch, walk away.”
A GoFundMe page has been set up for Wilkerson-Sullivan’s children. Click here to learn more.