August 6 marks one year since New Hanover County detention officer Tarica Pulliam was shot to death outside her home. Pulliam’s family spent the day remembering the good times while trying to re-hash the violent way she lost her life.
Pulliam was killed by her ex-boyfriend, a man who abused her for quite some time.
In a sense, Tarica Pulliam’s death was a symbol of the toll domestic violence can take, not only on the victim, but also on a family and community.
Domestic abuse can sometimes be a silent killer.
In the case of Tarica Pulliam, domestic abuse is what took her life.
Her family is doing everything but keeping quiet about it.
“When someone loses their life, or becomes a victim of domestic violence it doesn’t just affect them, it doesn’t just affect their immediate family, it affects the entire community,” said Shequana Pulliam, Tarica’s sister.
Tarica Pulliam had filed a protective order against her ex-boyfriend Anthony Bowen.
In the order, Pulliam said Bowen accused her of cheating, then grabbed her, threw her on the floor, and began to strangle her.
“Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury among women in the county, and considering how many ways women can be injured, its amazing,” said Andrea Stough of the Open Gate Shelter.
The last day of her life, Pulliam was shot outside her own home by the same ex-boyfriend who was supposed to be staying away from her.
Now, Pulliam’s family wants to help other women who may feel trapped, or in danger.
In Tarica’s case, she took the right steps in attempting to protect herself from her abusive partner, but still lost the battle.