Crime & Courts

March against domestic violence scheduled Thursday in uptown Charlotte

The Domestic Violence Advocacy Council will hold a march in uptown Charlotte on Thursday in response to what police say was a domestic violence-related homicide in east Charlotte early Sunday.

Maria Rocha, 53, died of knife wounds in an apartment in the 6400 block of Woodbend Drive, off Albemarle Road. Police found her boyfriend, Miguel Hernandez, 45, with what appeared to be self-inflicted knife wounds. He was in stable condition at Carolinas Medical Center and will be charged with murder once he’s released, police said.

Thursday’s march is scheduled for 12:15 to 1 p.m. on The Square at Trade and Tryon streets. The march is intended to raise awareness of help that’s available for domestic violence victims.

Rocha was the second domestic violence-related homicide victim in Charlotte-Mecklenburg this year, police said. Statewide, the count is 29. Last year saw eight domestic-violence related deaths in Charlotte and 63 statewide.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak