31 Jan

Violence Awareness Day: Remembering Valerie Featured

 
      
Valerie "Chug a Bug" Zavala was a proud sister of alpha Kappa Delta Phi at San Jose State University and brought with her a constant cheerfulness, bright smile, tight hugs, and contagious laugh that could brighten up your day. She was raised in San Jose, California and attended Fillmore High School, where she was an honor student, a cheerleader, held a position on student council and participated in many school activities. She had many aspirations to use her warmth, compassion and knowledge to teach third grade students. On January 1, 2003, Valerie was violently taken from us in a brutal murder while returning home from a New Year's Eve party.
 
Each year on January 31, alpha Kappa Delta Phi observes Violence Awareness Day in honor and memory of our dear sister in hopes of preventing other women from being victims of senseless acts of violence. We honor Valerie by wearing a baby blue and purple ribbon on this day. The baby blue ribbon, Valerie's favorite color, is worn in remembrance, and the purple ribbon is worn for violence and abuse awareness.

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