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Evelyn Burgos domestic violence fundraiser

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By Dana Griffin

dgriffin@abc6.com

CRANSTON, RI- Outside of the Eleanor Slater Hospital in Cranston, where Evelyn Burgos worked as a certified nursing assistant. Her co–workers and family were here to say: ‘no more to domestic violence'.

"As good a friend as Evelyn was to all of us, we really are saddened because none of us knew what she was going through and an event like this hopefully can help somebody else," said co-worker, Linda Hussey. 

They're selling jewelry, T–shirts, food and donated items to raise money for Evelyn's three children; two of whom were inside the home the night she and her daughter, Vanessa Perez were murdered allegedly by her boyfriend, Daniel Rodriguez.

Her brother still very torn, but hopes other abuse victims will tell someone they trust.

Jose Burgos said, "She never told us nothing about it. No, she kept it to herself.  If she would have told us we probably would have helped her."

Burgos' co–workers say she could light up a room when she was around. Her patients were her top priority and she was an excellent mother. They only wish they could have prevented this tragedy.

"I think that if we were more involved in her situation a little more maybe we would have not helped, but maybe something would have changed," said friend, Wendy Caldarone.

According to the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, they served over 9,000 domestic violence victims in 2012.

So far that event has raised $4,000. Half will go to the Burgos family; the rest will go to other local domestic violence victims.

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