AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage signed a resolve Tuesday — Domestic Violence Awareness Day — that names two bridges in Harmony after a mother and her two children who were killed last year by her estranged husband — and as a tribute to all victims of domestic violence.
One bridge is now known as the Amy, Coty and Monica Memorial Bridge, while the other is named the Remember Me Bridge.
Amy Lake and her two children, Coty and Monica, were murdered by her estranged husband, Steven Lake, on June 13, 2011. Steven previously had been charged with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon and domestic violence criminal threatening against his wife.
Sen. Doug Thomas, R-Ripley, said the emergency resolve passed unanimously in the House and Senate on Tuesday morning in time for it to be signed by the governor. It took effect immediately.
“We find reasons to object to anything anymore, [but it passed unanimously],” said Thomas. “We did the vote in the Senate and within 45 minutes of that, the governor was signing it. The governor wanted it signed today. It was a good thing.”
Amy Lake’s parents, Ralph and Linda Bagley, were there for the signing. Thomas said the pen used to sign the resolve was presented to them.
“It’s sad. They lost their daughter, two grandchildren and there was no need of it,” said Thomas.
Thomas said the naming of the bridges will help keep domestic violence and the need to prevent it in the front of people’s minds.
“We can’t sit by and let a tragedy like that happen again. Naming a bridge in a small town is not a big thing, but if the people traveling over those bridges remember what happened, maybe we can prevent what happened in the future,” Thomas said.