Tara Grant honored by hundreds during memorial walk

SHELBY TWP, Mich. (WZYZ) - It's a story that should never have to be told: a woman killed at the hands of her husband. Four years after her death, Tara Grant's family hopes her tragedy will save lives.

"This is a way of keeping Tara's memory alive for us as a family," said Alicia Standerfer, Tara's sister. Along with the Turning Point organization, the family hosted its annual walk and run at Stony Creek Metropark in Shelby Township on Saturday. "As hard as it is to come back up to this area because of what happened, it's a good feeling as well because we know we're helping people out," Standerfer added.

Grant went missing in February 2007. Her husband, Stephen Grant, was later convicted of second degree murder and is serving a minimum 50-year prison sentence. Investigators said he strangled her and then dismembered her body. Parts of her remains were found at Stony Creek park.

"Coming here is always bittersweet," Tara's mother, Mary Destampe, told Action News. "But if it encourages other people to understand what domestic violence and abuse is all about, then it is for the best cause we could possibly give in her memory."

Saturday's walk was expected to raise $12,000. The money will go toward helping victims get out of domestic violence situations.

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