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  09/16/2016 DOJ Victim Services Unit Gearing Up For National Day Of Remembrance For Homicide Victims  

ST. THOMAS, V.I. – The Victim Services Unit of the Department of Justice is teaming up with the Family Resource Center to host this year’s National Day of Remembrance for Homicide Victims.

“The Department of Justice is aware of the pain felt by many in our community due to acts of violence that result in the death of loved ones.  We fully respect the sacredness of human life and work towards reducing the violence problem in the Virgin Islands and America,” Attorney General Claude Earl Walker said.

The event is scheduled for Sept. 25 at 4 p.m. at Emancipation Garden.  As a precursor to the main event, there will be a rose-laying ceremony – to honor 2016 homicide victims – at 3:30 p.m. on the Waterfront in front of the Vendors’ Plaza.

“National Day of Remembrance for Homicide Victims is a time for relatives to share recollections of their loved ones who lost their lives by violence and to keep their memory alive,” Victim Advocate Elma Brathwaite said. “We always want to make sure these victims are never forgotten and this gives us the opportunity to focus on remembering them,” Brathwaite said.

The National Day of Remembrance for Homicide Victims was established by Congress in 2007 and is observed annually on Sept. 25.

  DOJ Victim Services Unit gearing up for National Day of Remembrance for Homicide Victims.pdf