MILLERSVILLE, Pa. (WHTM) – It was purple Friday on the campus of Millersville University. A large portion of the the student body wore purple to raise awareness for domestic violence and in remembrance of freshman Karlie Hall who was killed in her dorm room.
“I was at the party she was at that night and I saw that guy, and it’s crazy. For one second she was there and the next she was gone,” said Millersville student Justin Filut.
Students and staff are making sure Hall will not be forgotten.
“We have started a charity for Karlie’s family to cover the funeral costs and extra money will go towards domestic violence awareness and to the animal shelter she worked at,” Millersville student Rebecca Angelini said.
Everywhere you looked, there was purple.
“Something we can do to band together, I am all for it,” said Filut.
Together they aimed to shed light on a dark problem.
“Unfortunately, it’s a huge problem in today’s society, but I do think it’s great that so many people around campus are wearing purple,” Angelini said.
“Coming together you can come up with new ways to get the message across,” Millersville student Kara Piarulli said.
All across the Millersville campus, the conversation has started.
“It’s not an easy thing to talk about, but we are talking about it now,” Angelini said.
These students know as young adults it is up to them to start the change.
“Every life is important. I wanted to show my respect and support the cause. It’s terrible when a young life is lost,” Filut said.
Hall’s funeral is Saturday morning. Millersville students will be bused too and from her service.