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Local residents honor Alex Kogut with balloon release to promote domestic violence awareness

By WKTV News

NEW HARTFORD (WKTV) - Domestic Violence awareness was spread throughout the Village of New Hartford, Friday night, at a balloon tossing in memory of Alexandra Kogut, who was killed in her SUNY Brockport dorm by her boyfriend, Clayton Whittemore in 2012.

Hundreds turned out to support her and her family, and to spread awareness about the issue surrounding domestic violence.

One woman said her daughter is a friend of the Kogut family, and that situations such as this one show just how important it is to raise awareness about this topic.

"This could have very easily been my daughter," said Christie Baye. "The awareness is not out there enough and we have to be more proactive with domestic violence in our community to our children, and it starts when they are young"

Baye said that she hopes there are more events to spread domestic violence awareness.

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