PDT Staff Writer
The victim of a stabbing and shooting by her estranged husband Feb. 7 in front of her Notre Dame Elementary School students will be the featured speaker at the Oct. 23 candlelight vigil for domestic violence victims.
Mike Layne, after stabbing another woman at an 11th Street home, came to the school and entered Christi Layne's fifth-grade classroom with a knife and a handgun. He stabbed her repeatedly and fired three times, one bullet glancing off her left cheekbone and damaging her ear.
About five hours later, Layne shot and killed himself at his home on Argonne Road, where he had taken refuge from police.
Christi was in critical condition but survived after a long stay in a Huntington, W.Va., hospital.
The vigil, scheduled for 7 p.m. in the foyer of the Scioto County Court House, is an annual event conducted by Southern Ohio Domestic Violence Shelter in New Boston.
Layne has been there and can speak from a personal point of view, something that can help others who find themselves victims of domestic abuse, said Lou Ann Hoffer, co-director of the shelter.
The vigil is to honor or recognize victims of domestic violence who have been killed in Scioto County.
It's also to help the survivors of domestic violence to remember where they came from and how they overcame it.