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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It's been one week since 31-year-old Bianca Tanner was found dead, and her boyfriend charged in her murder. Thursday, dozens gathered at the Square in Uptown to march and raise awareness for domestic violence.

A large crowd came with signs for the rally put on by the Domestic Violence Advocacy Council.

This gathering specifically honored the recent death of Tanner, who had been missing for several weeks before her body was found last Thursday morning. Police arrested her boyfriend Angelo Smith and charged him with her murder.

The march is intended to broaden the public's awareness to the fact that help is available. There are programs and there are services. Friends of Tanner say they wish they had been able to speak out and save her from being a victim.

The sister talked about being reserved and not really saying anything when she felt there were some issues, and she says it hurts her every day. She thinks about it every day. If she would have just said something -- and all we're asking you to do is just say something. If you feel it's an issue, speak out, said friend of Bianca, Ty Tanner.

At the march, a drum beats every 15 seconds, for every 15 seconds a woman is abused through domestic violence in the U.S. This is the 24th domestic abuse related death in North Carolina in 2014.

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