The date was September 13, 2011.
Hennepin County investigators were at the scene of a homicide at a Brooklyn Park apartment complex. It's where Prince Moore stabbed his wife 65 times inside their 2nd floor apartment.
Last month, Moore was sentenced to life in prison for her death. It's just one 479 cases of domestic violence Hennepin County prosecutors have had to deal with so far this year.
"Tragically, too often we see the cases after they've proceeded beyond mere hitting," Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said in a video that premiers this Sunday on Twin Cities Public Television's Minnesota channel, which explores domestic violence.
"No case of domestic violence is right," said Lillian McDonald, executive director of ECHO (Emergency, Community, and Health Outreach).
ECHO is a nonprofit that teamed with the Hennepin County Attorney's Office, Mardag Foundation and the Ramsey County Attorney's Office to produce the 30–minute video.
"We wanted folks to understand some symptoms of domestic violence," McDonald said. "We wanted folks to understand the right and wrong in domestic violence situations, and then the resources to help folks get help."
McDonald admits that's no easy task when it comes to non–English speakers, so a key way to get that message across was to create similar videos in multiple languages for different ethnic populations.
"When you're hearing from and seeing from experts from your own community who speak your language, that dialogue really leaves an impression and can make a stronger difference than just simply hearing it from a police officer," McDonald said.
The ultimate goal with these videos is to raise awareness in every ethnic community about domestic violence, and teach people how to seek help.
"We can make a difference, and we have to work together to make a difference, and that doesn't matter what culture you come from," McDonald said.
ECHO plans to distribute 500 free DVD's to various community and service provider organizations across the state. Meantime, the English and Spanish versions of the broadcast will premier this Sunday on public television, but they're already available online.
Oct. 18, 2012