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Domestic violence shelter to be created in Colusa County

Friends and family didn't want Karen Garcia to be remembered as just another life lost to domestic violence, and that's why she and others are working to create "Karen's home," which would be the first domestic violence shelter in Colusa County.

Posted: Feb 27, 2018 11:08 PM
Updated: Aug 4, 2019 11:10 AM

WILLIAMS, Calif. - It's been over a month since the death of Karen Garcia--the young Williams woman who was found dead in her car days after she went missing.

Police say the susect responsible for her death is her ex-boyfriend, Salvador Garcia Junior, and now those who knew Karen want to make sure others dealing with domestic violence can get help.

On Tuesday we spoke with Tootie Hackett, the kitchen manager at Granzella's restaraunt, where Garcia worked for six years.

She said she didn't want Garcia to be remembered as just another life lost to domestic violence, and that's why she and others are working to create "Karen's home," which would be the first domestic violence shelter in Colusa County.

The goal is to help other individuals trying to escape domestic violence, and raise reward money to help capture her suspected killer.

"The support has been outpouring, I've had numerous calls from people all over, ‘I have furniture, want to give you guys money,’ it's just been amazing. I think karen's just smiling down on us, she's just touched so many family members, it's been amazing," said Hackett. 

The Colusa Police Department said the only lead they have at this time is that Salvador Garcia Junior is driving around in a stolen black Toyota Sienna with California plates 6NYB823.

There is a $5,000 reward for information leading to his arrest, so anyone who may know his whereabouts is asked to contact police. If you’d like to get involved with the “Karen’s Home” efforts, the governing board will meet again on March 20th at the Granzella’s Banquet Hall in Williams. 

They have partnered with the Citizens for a Better Williams for a rib cook-off fundraiser during Pioneer Day on June 2.

We will update you on the times as we get closer to the events.

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