Maddy Brockert, 22, visits Susan’s Youth Center, which is run by Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County. The center was named after her mother, Susan Brockert, who was beaten to death by her boyfriend in 2011. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Maddy Brockert, 22, visits Susan’s Youth Center, which is run by Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County. The center was named after her mother, Susan Brockert, who was beaten to death by her boyfriend in 2011. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

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