Feministing and many other blogs carry the incredibly sad story of Jana Mackey, a feminist activist who worked to stop violence against women, volunteered on a rape crisis helpline, and who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend last weekend. Jana lived in Kansas, where she was a law student. She was 25 years old.
“She was all about public advocacy, particularly women’s rights. She volunteered for anything that would impact the world in a more positive way”
The man accused of killing Jana, a 46 year old artist, went on to kill himself in prison last weekend. He had served prison time in 2004 for assaulting a former girlfriend.
As Veronica at Viva La Feminista put it:
“We, the world, the feminist movement, the anti-violence movement, has lost a shining star”