Domestic Violence Awareness Ride in memory of Jessica Rojas
Shatter the Silence, Stop Domestic Violence
Springfield, Mass. — On Saturday March 5, Springfield Police Superintendent Cheryl Clapprood along with members of the Springfield Police Department and Mayor Domenic J. Sarno will participate in a Domestic Violence Awareness Ride in memory of Jessica Rojas. Ms. Rojas was murdered 10 years ago by her then boyfriend Jose Santiago on March 3rd, 2012 on the night of her 25th birthday.
Every year family and friends of Jessica Rojas come together in some way to celebrate her life and to mourn her death while spreading awareness about Domestic Violence and the resources we have available in our city. This year’s event will begin at 12:45pm on Saturday March 5th at the Brightwood Health Clinic located at 380 Plainfield Street. The car parade will end at Oak Grove Cemetery at 426 Bay Street.
“Anyone can be a victim of Domestic Violence. We take part in this event to not only honor Jessica’s memory, but also raise awareness about the dedicated resources the Springfield Police Department provides to victims and survivors. There is zero tolerance for domestic violence in Springfield, and there is always help available for those who need it,” said Superintendent Clapprood.
Mayor Domenic J. Sarno stated, “The brave men and women of the Springfield Police Department respond to more than 10,000 calls for domestic violence each year. This is a serious issue and one that deserves our full attention. Ms. Rojas was a bright, smart, and beautiful young lady who worked in our Law Department and had her life tragically cut short. May God rest her soul.”
The Springfield Police Department has a dedicated staff of Domestic Violence advocates to provide help and support to victims. If you are or think you may be a victim of domestic violence don’t hesitate to call our advocates at 413-735-1519 or 413-735-1520.