CHESAPEAKE, Va (WAVY) — Bellamy Gamboa’s family and friends gathered on Saturday to spread awareness of domestic violence.
The 39-year-old went missing at the beginning of July, prompting a searching by law enforcement officials and loved ones.
Court records show Gamboa’s ex- boyfriend, 41-year old Lamont Johnson, confessed to investigators that he pushed her down the stairs then choked Gamboa to death.
Gamboa’s friends and family said their event on Saturday was meant to keep her memory alive and prevent this from happening to anyone else.
“I had no idea what was going on in the house and if any family member would have known, they would have definitely stepped up and said something. So this whole thing we are doing here is just to bring awareness and it’s okay to talk about it,” said Scott Hall, Gamboa’s cousin.
With the help of the Samaritan House volunteers, workers and survivors, many vendors turned out to help accomplish their goal.
“We don’t want anyone to ever forget her. I don’t want anyone to ask who is Bellamy Gamboa. I want it to become a household name, you know for the next female. That way this doesn’t happen to anyone ever again,” said Gamboa’s friend Tiffany Hazley.
Their goal was to raise $20,000 for Gamboa’s family and a future foundation.