Victim's Family Wants to End Cycle of Abuse

September 30, 2012 Updated Sep 30, 2012 at 12:05 AM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

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September 30, 2012 Updated Sep 30, 2012 at 12:05 AM EDT

Tonawanda, NY (WKBW) - For the first time, the family of the woman gunned down by her former boyfriend at Erie County Medical Center is speaking out, and trying to stop the cycle of domestic violence.

Jacqueline Wisniewski was shot and killed at ECMC in June, where she and Doctor Timothy Jorden both worked.

Jorden, the killer, later turned the gun on himself in the woods behind his home.

On Saturday, the Wisniewski family took part in the Break the Cycle Bike-A-Thon and Walk to raise awareness about domestic violence.

People filled the Isle View Park in Tonawanda to walk and ride their bikes in the event.

Jackie's brother, Dave, spoke to the public for the first time, saying "it's going to be a lifelong battle for us."

Dave explained that Jackie "was a victim long before June 13th. "one of the things that I wanted to touch on was the though process before that even happened. There was a lot of denial."

On June 13th, their nightmare turned into a reality. Dave says "I remember still thinking, this doesn't happen to us."

Jackie's family knows there's no one to blame except for her killer -- but they still wish they could have done more.

That's why so many people walked -- to show solidarity with Dave, the Wisniewski family and other victims of domestic violence.

Keynote Speaker Shenan Tejaani-Butt explains "you can have as much social agencies as you want, as many family justice centers, as many counselors, but we -- those of us who are not impacted by domestic violence -- are the strongest voice. So people should get out there and give."

It's a cause the Wisniewski's now stand strongly behind -- hoping no family will ever feel their pain.

After a moment of silence, Dave told participants "that's the message we as a family and friends are here to convey. Try. Seek help. We want to change the ending of someone else's story."