AUSTIN -- This week a man killed his ex girlfriend and her new boyfriend in San Marcos. Saturday protesters met at city hall demanding action to stop domestic violence. Several people spoke at the rally, including an Austin mother who lost her own daughter in 2006.
The group says last year 114 women died as a result of domestic violence in Austin and this month they're demanding action.
Those at the rally carry a sheet of paper with the number 9 written on it, it represents the number of women shot to death by their husband or partner every week in America.
"That's nine mothers, sisters, daughters and friends gunned down," said Kris Kennedy with Moms Demand Action.
"Jennifer was an amazing girl. She was creative and smart and she could hold her own," said Elizabeth Crecente, who's daughter was murdered in February 2006.
Her daughter, Jennifer, died at 18 when her ex boyfriend shot and killed the Bowie High School senior.
"She began dating this boy for 2.5 years at Bowie and, um, the day after Valentine's Day in 2006 he led her into a wooded area in our neighborhood where he had hid a sawed off shotgun," Crecente said. "He put my daughter on her knees and he shot her execution style with a sawed off shotgun, loaded with bird shot."
Crecente works to stop teen dating violence in honor of her daughter and other victims.
This week a young Texas State student was murdered by her ex boyfriend.
Just 22-years-old, Hailey Nicholls would have graduated with a degree in fashion merchandising. She dated 23-year-old Daniel Stillwell for a year and half and they broke up in the weeks before he killed her
"She was a beautiful girl and a sweet girl," described her apartment manager Claudia Kotin.
Stillwell shot Nicholls and her new boyfriend, 27-year-old Jesse Robledo before killing himself.
"We're here to shed a light on this problem," Kennedy said at the rally.
Protesters are asking for harsher restrictions on assault type weapons and for background checks to be required in private and online gun sales.
"I would like to see some of the loopholes closed," Crecente said.
They believe stricter gun laws could help prevent another senseless tragedy
"My daughter felt powerful, she always felt like she could hold her own. But when he decided to use that gun she lost her power," Crecente said.
October is domestic violence awareness month. Safe Place, a shelter for victims of domestic violence, says 60,000 Austinites are trapped with a violent partner at any given time. For more information visit their website. For help you can call their 24-hour hot line at 512-267-SAFE (7233).