Two hundred and sixty-one women lost their lives in Texas in 2006 and 2007 to domestic violence.

In 2006 there were six children who lost their lives and 77 children left motherless.

That's what Take Back the Night is all about.

It is a night to remember those whose lives came to a violent end and to bring awareness that inspires a commitment to end violence against women, their children, and other family members.

A small crowd gathered at the Erath County Courthouse Tuesday night, where a proclamation by Mayor Rusty Jergins was read declaring October Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

A few of the gripping stories attached to purple balloons released skyward remembering those who were killed are listed below:

Sherre Webb, 20, Austin - Sheree was shot to death by her boyfriend, Ehren James Anderson, 24. According to police, Sherree was breaking up with Anderson when he fatally shot her. Sherree was moving when Anderson arrived with a new girlfriend and another friend. They got into an argument and Anderson's pistol went off, killing Sherree. According to news reports, Anderson pled guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Cathy Jill Vanderhee, 50, Harlingen - Cathy was found unconscious and badly beaten in her home. According to police reports, she died from head trauma and a broken bone in the throat. Her common-law husband, Eric Gerland, was charged with the crime.

Thien Tran, 39, Garland - Thien was beaten with a hammer and stabbed to death by her husband, Hein Vu, 39. Thien's two teenage children and parents were in the house during the incident. According to police, when the first officer arrived at the scene he saw Vu with a hammer in his hands, covered in blood.

Kimberly Hewitt, 43, Houston - Kimberly was shot to death in her home by her husband. According to police, Kimberly's husband pulled the trigger and killed her instantly. He then called 911. He was taken into custody and charged with the crime. There were three teenage children in the house during the incident.

There were hundreds more stories like these that inspired Tuesday night's rally. Several members of Bikers Against Child Abuse attended the ceremony.

Rona Stratton Smith and Lisa Gabbert shared their stories, as seen on CBS 48 Hours when the crowd gathered at City Park.

The First Baptist Church Choir and members of the Stephenville High School Choir provided music for the event sponsored by Cross Timbers Family Services.