Domestic-violence victims were remembered at a vigil outside the King County Courthouse.

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City officials, advocates for domestic-abuse victims and members of the Asian and Pacific Islander communities gathered at the King County Courthouse on Thursday for the 20th annual candlelight vigil to remember the murders of Susana Remerata Blackwell, her unborn child and her friends, Phoebe Dizon and Veronica Laureta — all three fatally shot by Blackwell’s husband in the courthouse March 2, 1995.

Speakers, including Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, Dizon’s sons, and Filipino community leaders, stressed that the deaths, while tragic, helped create a movement of activists fighting domestic-violence.

The vigil was organized by API Chaya, which provides services to victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault and human trafficking in the Asian, South Asian and Pacific Islander communities.