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For grieving parents, education the key

In testimony delivered through tears at the State House Tuesday morning, the mother of murder victim Lauren Dunne Astley called on legislators to mandate comprehensive dating violence education in Massachusetts schools, saying that if her daughter had received the “pearl of wisdom” never to go alone to visit a former boyfriend, she might be alive today.

“If only she had learned and internalized that singularly important lesson,” said Mary Dunne, who spoke with her former husband and Astley’s father, Malcolm Astley, to the Joint Committee on Education. Behind them, their daughter beamed in a blown-up version of her senior portrait. “That small pearl of wisdom should be ingrained in our children as deeply as buckling their seat belts and recycling their bottles and cans.”

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