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Murder, Domestic Violence Linked (Ashtabula Star Beacon)

July 30, 2018

“Unfortunately, when we look at most of the recent homicides in Ashtabula County they all have a common thread — domestic violence.

“We don’t know yet who killed Rand Hilal al Dulaimi, but we know her estranged husband is a person of interest and we know she spent time at Homesafe, where those who knew her said she was working to escape an abusive marriage. In 2017, Sheila Pyles, of Ashtabula, was killed, and her boyfriend charged in her death — after she had taken him back following domestic violence charges. Kyle Starkey was convicted last year of murder after being convicted in 2016 of rape, and was reportedly a violent abuser to both victims…”

“As we have discussed in the past, it is important to reach out to those you suspect are being abused. Be supportive and express concern for their safety and well being, offer whatever they need — but patience is important in helping someone not only recognize they are in an abusive relationship but also to take the often frightening steps to leave their situation. When that time comes, contact Homesafe (440) 992-2727, which has resources and experience in domestic violence situations.

If someone you know has suffered sexual abuse, the county also has an outstanding resource in the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center’s Ashtabula office, which provides access to services including counseling, victim assistance and support groups. Hours are by appointment, but someone will be in the office 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. To make an appointment, call 440-354-7364.

“Violent crime is a reality in all communities, not just Ashtabula County, but it is a problem that we must take on as a community by being supportive, listening and making sure victims know that someone cares.”


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