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Iris Harper holds a photograph of her daughter, Nikki, who was killed in 2003 by her boyfriend. Harper is sharing her story to promote awareness of domestic violence. (Rhett Butler/The Daily Reflector)
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Iris Harper holds a photograph of her daughter, Nikki, who was killed in 2003 by her boyfriend. Harper is sharing her story to promote awareness of domestic violence. (Rhett Butler/The Daily Reflector)

Breaking silence on domestic violence

By Kristin Zachary

The Daily Reflector

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The young woman sitting on the couch with her ankles crossed looked peaceful, but a bullet hole at the back of her neck told a different story, her mother said.

Iris J. Harper said her 22-year-old daughter, Navekia, was a “good person” on the brink of determining what she wanted in life when her boyfriend of two years ended hers and his in 2003.


On Nov. 9, 2003, the phone rang shortly after 11:30 p.m. and Harper was told Navekia, known as Nikki, had been shot at the home she shared with her sister Katrina in the Hardee Acres subdivision.

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Stop the Violence

Dear Iris, It was a pleasure meeting you Saturday. I am glad we walked together on the peaceful march to "Stop the Violence." I am sorry your daughter was killed because of domestic violence. I hope our march and this interview will get others to unify and educate all of us about violence and how to stop it. Sincerely, Deanna Kaller, Erik Anderson Committee, www.electerikanderson.com

Sad story. The young lady's

Sad story. The young lady's boyfriend was obviously not scared of the law. He should have been scared enough of someone that he would have left her alone.

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