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Vigil honors Md. mother of 4 killed in murder suicide

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- Dozens of people gathered Sunday night outside a home in Upper Marlboro where police say a woman was shot and killed by her husband after an argument.

Many of Tonya Wilkerson's mourners rode in on motorcycles and wore matching leather jackets as a tribute to the president of their motorcycle club.

Police say Wilkerson, 35, was killed by 37-year-old Antione Sullivan after an argument inside their home. After shooting Wilkerson, Sullivan, a former police officer with D.C. Protective Services, then turned the gun on himself, according to police.

At around 5:30 p.m., members of the K9 Too motorcycle club of Maryland roared through the quiet suburban neighborhood on their bikes. The club, which is made up entirely of women, believes Wilkerson's death shows the dangers of domestic violence.

See photos from the vigil

"Domestic violence is not just a women’s issue. It’s a man and a women’s issue. And it's not just physical. It's emotional. It's mental and folks should be aware of that," Priscilla Merritt, a member of the K9 Too Motorcycle Club Member. 

Domestic violence was an issue dear to Wilkerson long before she became a tragic victim of it.

The motorcycle club is raising money to support Wilkerson's four children. You can donate to them here

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