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Parents of slain SC teen push for stronger laws to stop dating violence

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The family of a South Carolina  teen who police said was murdered by her ex-boyfriend will held a vigil late last week to raise awareness against teen dating violence.

Deputies said Tanner Crolley, age 18, shot and killed Sierra Landry in December after she refused to get back together with him.

Her family has a petition for South Carolina lawmakers to allow people under the age of 18 to get orders of protection.

So far, that petition has more than 90,000 signatures – an increase of 50,000 in just four days.

The vigil was held at Buford High School in Lancaster, where Sierra, age 18 when she died, went to school.

Crolley shot and killed Sierra Landry after she refused to get back together with him, deputies say.

 Sierra dreamed of being a model, but she had gotten into the abusive relationship with Crolley, who her family said was dangerous.

Crolley's Facebook page featured a large photo of a gold handgun and bullets as the main "Cover image." Crolley's Facebook page was removed just as WBTW published a story after Sierra's death.

 Her stepmother Jessica Landry had warned her about Crolley.

"He was bad for her from the start," Sierra's stepmother, Jessica Landry, told WNCN-TV.

 "I said, ‘If you don't wake up and see these signs, that boy is going be the death of you,'" she told WSOC-TV.

Crolley is still being held in the Lancaster County jail on various charges, but has requested a bond hearing this week, according to Sierra's parents.

President Obama proclaimed February as National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.

The family is pushing for changes to South Carolina law, hoping to protect other teens.

Robert and Jessica Landry want to call it Sierra's Law – and it is currently posted on

Their proposal includes broadening access to orders of protection and reads:

"We the people come together and ask that South Carolina laws be revised to the following:
1. Orders of protection are granted to minors 16 years of age and older without parental or guardian consent against violent abusers in a dating relationship, however parents or guardian will be notified within a 24-hour period.
2. Minors under the age of 16 are allowed to obtain an OP with parental or guardian consent.
3. Abusers with a history of domestic violence will be placed on a registry for publication and acknowledgment to the community and state.
4. Abusers of teen-dating violence will not be eligible for pre-trial intervention or combined with any other charges.
5. People in dating relationships, including individuals in same sex relationships able to obtain OPs.
6. Allow victims of stalking and harassment access to OPs
7. Include Teen Dating Violence Awareness as a part of the sexual education program schools offer."

Here is a link to the online petition.

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