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Homicide Survivors to hold annual candlelight vigil Saturday

Homicide Survivors will hold its annual candlelight vigil Saturday, remembering homicide victims as part of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. 

The vigil will run from 6-8 p.m. at the Children’s Memorial Park, 701 W. Edgewater Dr., Tucson.

The group provides support services for families of murder and homicide victims. The local organization is an offshoot of Homicide Survivors, Inc., which lobbies for victims rights.

The free vigil will feature speakers from community leaders, and two two survivors will share their stories. The lighting of candles will be followed by an opportunity for other survivors to say the name of their loved one lost to homicide or murder (murder being a legal term to describe a criminal conviction). The program will conclude with a performance by Native American drummers.

Every April, the U.S. Office of Victims of Crime helps lead communities throughout the country in their annual observances of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week by promoting victims’ rights and honoring crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf. This year, the commemoration will run from April 7 to April 13, with the theme "Honoring Our Past. Creating Hope for the Future," celebrating the progress made by the work done so far on victim advocacy.

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