RHINELANDER - The Tri County Council will hold a candlelight vigil on Friday to honor those who lost their lives to domestic violence in Wisconsin last year.
The statewide homicide report says 73 people were killed as a result of domestic violence in 2016.
Tri-County Council Executive Director, Shellie Holmes, says that number is the highest amount that's ever been reported.
"We all were devastated as we watched the numbers climbing during 2016, and we don't know why. Some of the national reports say that the numbers are going down and unfortunately that's not happening in Wisconsin," said Holmes.
It's the second time they've held a vigil honoring statewide victims during Domestic Violence Awareness month.
"What we did last year that we're very excited about doing again this year is recruiting community members to join us in our vigil to each community person be assigned a name and to read that name," said Homes.
To volunteer to read a name, call the Tri-County Council office at 715-362-6841.
The gathering will be held Oct. 20 at the Trigs Green Space in Rhinelander from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tri-County Council will provide candles.