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Vandals destroyed each of the 36 lights along the Walkway of Hope at the YWCA which was dedicated as a symbol of hope for victims of domestic violence. They were placed during a candlelight vigil to honor Nicole Sheehan – a Batavia native fatally shot by her boyfriend last month.

Executive Director Jeanne Walton called it an “intentional” act done to “make a statement.”

But due to donations from a couple of parties, Walton now has 108 Malibu lights to make sure the pathway will always stay lit.

“We are just thankful,” Walton said. “It’s absolutely wonderful that so many people have stepped forward to help us to replace these lights. We weren’t looking for that from the community when the announcement was made that all of these were destroyed last weekend, but once again the community has stepped forward and found a way to help us out.”

Walton says rectifying the pathway sends a powerful message.

“I think that the strongest reaction that we can have to that is to stand up and say, ‘This type of activity isn’t going to get us down. We’re resilient. We’ll bounce back. We’re going to stay here and remain strong for the victims of domestic violence,’” Walton said.

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