FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – In honour of Amanda Black, and all domestic violence victims, purple lights will be gracing the Centennial Park stage.

The stage will be lit up every night until February 13th, Black’s birthday.

Following the shocking news of Black’s death last year, the city decided to turn on the purple lights outside of the Pomeroy Sport centre to “bring awareness to domestic violence, encourage action to stop domestic violence, and honour the life of a mother gone much too soon.”

Black was found dead inside a Fort St. John townhouse on February 8th, 2021.

Her boyfriend, Shane Sutherland, is charged with second-degree murder and remains in custody.

Sutherland will appear in a Fort St. John courtroom on March 29th, 2022, for a preliminary inquiry. The judge will then decide if there is enough evidence to send the accused to trial after hearing what the crown has obtained.

Domestic violence resources can be accessed by visiting the FSJ Women’s Resource Society website, calling 2-1-1, or calling or texting VictimLink BC at 1-800- 563-0808. As always, to report an immediate danger, call 9-1-1.