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St. Paul leaders renew commitment to end domestic violence

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High-profile St. Paul and Ramsey County leaders will gather for a somber ceremony at a firehouse Thursday to demonstrate their commitment to stopping domestic violence.

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, Chief of Police Thomas Smith, City Attorney Sara Grewing, Ramsey County Attorney John Choi and Ramsey County Sheriff Matt Bostrom are among those expected.

The event at 11 a.m. at St. Paul Fire Station No. 1 at 1000 West 7th Street, coincides with Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Eighteen personalized T-shirts will be on display in the station to honor those killed in domestic violence incidents in the state in 2012, police said.

One in four U.S. women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime, and 1.3 million women are the victims every year, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

A number of high-profile domestic violence cases in Minnesota have put a spotlight on the issue.

Earlier this month, Jeffery Trevino of St. Paul was found guilty of second-degree murder in the slaying of his wife, Kira Steger.

In May, authorities found Danielle Jelinek’s body in a swampy area of Chisago County five months after the 27-year-old Oakdale woman disappeared. Police have said her former boyfriend, in jail on drug charges, is considered a person of interest in the case, but he has not been charged in her killing.

In yet another case, Roger Holland, 36, of Apple Valley, faces a pair of first-degree and second-degree murder charges in the deaths of 37-year-old Margorie Holland and their unborn child.

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