BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Glow sticks instead of candles filled Clinton Park in Tonawanda Saturday night as neighbors came to pray for the healing of Jessica Cameron.
On Monday, 25-year-old Jessica Cameron was set on fire by her boyfriend Jonathan White outside of Tim Hortons on Niagara Street in Tonawanda. White was arraigned from his bedside at ECMC on Friday and is facing a number of charges including attempted murder.
Jessica is a medically induced coma to help her heal from her burns. She is a mother of three boys all under the age of five.
"She's a fighter like her Mom," Kristin Keefe, a family friend said. "I know Jessica will come through this."
Keffe made a tie-dyed tapestry that was hung around a tree. People were encouraged to write prayers and messages of hope for Jessica. The family will bring the sheet to Jessica's hospital room to lift her spirits and help inspire her to keep fighting.
When a neighbor needs help the City of Tonawanda is there. Jessica's GoFundMe page has been up for five days and $21,000 dollars has already been raised. The community is also collecting toys, clothing and other materials the family needs.
Domestic Violence survivor Sharon Batthelia also spoke at the vigil about what people can do to help victims of Domestic Violence.
She urges people to:
-Know the signs
-Do not ignore it, call the police
-Listen to victims without judgment, believe them and ask how you can help
-Talk about Domestic Violence to help make people more aware of the issue
-If you are a victim you are not alone, reach out for help if you need it
The Erie County 24-hour Domestic Violence help hotline is 716-862-4357.