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March to honor recent homicide victim

abethea@charlotteobserver.com

The Domestic Violence Advocacy Council will hold a march in uptown this week in honor of a woman police believe was shot to death by her husband, who then turned the gun on himself.

The march is set for 12:15 to 1 p.m. Thursday on the Square at Trade and Tryon streets. Parking is available at the Hal Marshall County Services Center at 700 N. Tryon St. or the Seventh Street Station garage. Attendees then can take a trolley to the Square.

The march will honor Renate Chronis, 69, who died over the weekend. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have said evidence indicates her husband, 68-year-old John Chronis shot his wife, and then killed himself. Police aren't sure when the shots were fired.

Neighbors told the Observer that the Chronis' had moved to Charlotte about a year ago. They could not say what may have prompted the shooting. One neighbor last saw John Chronis mowing his lawn on Friday.

The couple was discovered by relatives Saturday night in their home in the Parkwood Oaks Community of Highland Creek.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Detective Arvin Fant declined to comment about the case on Monday.

The Domestic Violence Advocacy Council said Renate Chronis' death is the fourth domestic violence-related homicide in Charlotte-Mecklenburg this year. The group holds a march on the Thursday following a death in the county in which domestic violence is believed to have played a role.

To learn more about the group, visit http://dvac.charmeck.org or call 704-432-1568.

Victoria Cherrie contributed.

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