It's been a rough nine months, to say the least, for Kira Trevino Steger's family. Ever since the 30-year-old DC Everest grad was murdered by her husband in February in Minneapolis. They've been through what they describe as a living nightmare. However, they're hoping something positive can come out of Kira's death.
There are plenty of places to sit at the Women's Community in Wausau, but one in particular stands out among the rest. It is a bench-- donated to the shelter in memory of Kira.
"Although Kira is gone, she will live on in many of us... I believe...In anyone that met her,” Explains Kira's sister, Keri Anne Steger.
Keri Anne hopes Kira can also touch the lives of people she never met. She wants the bench to encourage women who are also in dangerous relationships to speak up about their problem. Something she so desperately wishes her sister had done.
"She was a very strong woman, but that first step is the biggest step. It's a small step, but it's a big one because that's how you can get out”, She says.
“To make sure that women who are in similar situations know that there is help available...There are people who care. And reach out and tell someone what's happening so we can save a life”, Explains Jane Graham Jennings, Executive Director at the Women's Community.
"This bench not only sends a message figuratively, but quite literally as well. The color purple represents domestic abuse awareness and the words, “Pura Vida”... those were some of Kira's favorites."
“Pura Vida” means pure life--- a Costa Rican saying. “It was her favorite place in the world and she adopted it to her lifestyle,” Explains Keri Anne.
She's making it her personal mission to help others struggling with domestic abuse.
"It's become a huge part of my life and I will do everything I can in this world to make sure to help others who are in a situation similar to what my sister was."
In memory of Kira, Keri Anne vows to live life with no regrets... In fact the only thing she's sorry about... Is that there are many people in this world who will never know how truly special Kira was.
"Her laugh. I can actually hear it. I miss her so much. And her smile, because it was so contagious and beautiful."
Kira's husband, Jeffrey Trevino will be sentenced at the end of November.
Kira's funeral is this Saturday at 12:30 pm at Saint Mark Catholic church in Rothschild.
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