Candlelight vigil for victims, survivors of violent crime set

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A candlelight vigil will be held this week in Fort Wayne to recognize victims and survivors of violent crimes.

The Victim Assistance Program of the Fort Wayne Police Department will hold its annual candlelight vigil, themed “Expand the Circle: Reach All Victims” – Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Allen County Courthouse. It will be held in relationship with National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 8 – 14, which highlights the importance of attention and services at the earliest stage of victimization.

“The Candlelight Vigil is one way to bring honor to all crime victims by promoting a greater understanding of crime victims’ needs and the critical importance of working together to help all victims of crime rebuild their lives,” Victim Assistance wrote in a press release. “Crime victim services include information regarding their rights, their involvement in and support throughout the justice process as more than a witness; and rights to information about compensation programs and supportive services that can help them cope with the aftermath of crime.”

The public is invited to the candlelight vigil.

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