WILLIMANTIC, Conn. (WTNH) — Eastern Connecticut State University honored a student who was a victim of domestic violence by hosting the third annual Alyssiah Wiley End Relationship Violence Awareness on Tuesday.
Alyssiah Wiley was a 20-year-old ECSU sophomore in spring 2013 when she was killed by her ex-boyfriend, Jermaine Richards.
A friend told police that Wiley was planning on breaking up with Richards the weekend of April 20, 2013. Wiley was last seen getting into Richards’ car outside her dorm.
Her body was found nearly a month later in Trumbull, not far from Richards’ Bridgeport home. Richards insisted that he had dropped her off at her dorm.
After three trials, Richards was convicted of her murder and sentenced to 60 years in prison.
Wiley’s mother, Corrinna Martin, said she later learned her daughter broke up with him weeks before her murder. The meeting in late April 2013 was for closure.
“I don’t want families to have to live with this devastation like we are,” Martin said.
Martin said it is important for people to recognize the signs of abuse, which can be physical and psychological — all part of the intimate partner’s effort to control the victim.
“That’s the biggest hurt that I have to live with is that there was so much that if I had known that I would have tried to do,” Martin said. “But there was so much I didn’t know and there was so much that I didn’t do.”
A 3-on-3 basketball tournament not only brought a lot of people together on Tuesday, but it also brought awareness to who Wiley was and how much her life may now help others. It’s a friendly game reminding everyone more needs to be done about not-so-friendly behavior between domestic and intimate partners before it’s too late.