"Shae" Banther Wiser Domestic Violence Memorial Walk
Story by Antwan Harris
Eyewitness News Reporter
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB)--Its been more than a month since Shannon Wiser was brutally murdered.
Her husband, John Wiser, has been charged with criminal homicide.
Police were called to the couple's Hixson home, where they found Shannon unconscious.
She died several days later.
Investigators say she had been beaten and her children had witnessed the brutal attack.
Shannon Wiser's story brought together hundreds of Chattanoogans Sunday.
A walk against domestic violence was held in her honor at Coolidge Park.
Many say her story has touched the community and those in attendance, say they hope others dealing with the same issues, will take a stand against domestic violence.
"Today is six weeks since Shae has been gone and she is greatly missed," says Rebecca Standifer, friend of Shannon.
But her memory lived on through her friends and family Sunday at Coolidge Park.
The Shae Wiser Domestic Violence Memorial Walk brought our several people in the community affected by her untimely death in September.
Regina McDevitt with Partnership for Families, Children and Adults says domestic violence in Tennessee has become a widespread issue.
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"Tennessee is fifth in the nation for domestic violence homicides, so it is important for the partnership to let people know that it is a very real problem here in our area," says McDevitt.
Many say this walk in Shae's honor is fitting because she was known to walk the campus of Blue Cross Blue Shield where she worked.
Friend and co-worker Rebecca Standifer remembers Wiser as an out-going person who would do whatever she could to help.
She says Wiser's story should be an inspiration for others to seek help when dealing with a violent situation.
"As much as we would love Shae to be here, today we know that this event will help a lot of other women in out area," says Standifer.
McDevitt says many times abuse in relationships start very early, yet many of the patterns go unnoticed.
"Domestic violence is about power and control of another person and it is a cycle that occurs," says McDevitt.
The day was not only for Wiser, but for those who have lost loved ones to domestic violence over the years.
A memorial board was posted center stage with the names of those affected.
Some say more awareness needs to be brought to this issue.
"I think that it needs a lot of attention because there are a lot of people who are scared to speak up and I hope this will change that," says Amy Austin, walk participant.
The city will hold this walk every fourth Sunday in October according to a proclamation signed by the mayor.
The case against John Wiser has been sent to the Grand Jury to decide if he will go to trial.
Until then, he's being held without bond.