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