Angela Kelsey

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College Brides Walk

Filed in Dating Violence, Domestic Violence :: February 16, 2014


On Valentine’s Day, I walked in the College Brides Walk to raise awareness about domestic and dating violence and to commemorate the life and death of Gladys Ricart, who was murdered on her wedding day by an ex-boyfriend.

That’s me dressed in white in the middle of the picture (Mr. Z said he didn’t know I owned any white clothes, but that’s another story). For more pictures (and this one), check out this Miami Herald gallery.

It’s the fourth annual event, and I was happy to attend for the first time. Going to events like this is energizing and affirming–so many other people focusing on an issue that is dear to me.

But by the sixth mile of carrying a sign with a photo of Kalyn Denise O’Barr, 19, who died on January 5, 2010, I was emotional. According to my sign, “She was attacked while sleeping and strangled with an electrical cord. Her husband was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for her murder.”

I walked (and I write and I speak) for Kalyn and way too many victims of domestic violence who cannot.



  1. Cath

    I knew Kalyn. Thank you for doing this.

    • Angela Kelsey

      Thank you, Cath, for you writing. I’m sorry for the loss of Kalyn, and honored to have carried her name and story.