Karissa’s Army, Raising Domestic Violence Awareness

Jul 11, 2014

Jamie Brown and Alisha Maria King of Karissa’s Army
Credit Debbi Casini Klein / 90.5 WESA

Read and listen to a story about Karissa’s Army as part of a series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

Karissa Kunco was a cheerful, optimistic 21-year old with many friends, a close family and dreams of someday being a pharmacist.

Those dreams were shattered in January of 2012, when Karissa became a victim of domestic violence. Her ex-boyfriend stalked her, brutally killing her and leaving her body in a wooded area in Washington County.

Devastated by her death, Karissa’s friends did not want her to be just another statistic. They formed what they called “Karissa’s Army” in the hopes of creating awareness of domestic violence. It started at the funeral home when they sold hundreds of wrist bands that said “Karissa’s Army” on them.