Candlelight Vigil for Child Abuse

Cullman area residents, including several members of  local law enforcement seen here, lit candles April 2, 2014 to honor 32 children who died from child abuse in Alabama in 2013. Cullman Caring For Kids hosted the candlelight vigil at the fountain at Depot Park.

Attorney General Steve Marshall's office will host the Alabama Candlelight Vigil to honor and pay tribute to victims of crime on Friday at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend the vigil “virtually” by joining the live broadcast online.

“This is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, a time when we reflect upon the terrible trauma suffered by crime victims and remember all those who have been lost to violent crime,” said Marshall. “During this week every year, local candlelight vigils are held all across the state of Alabama, attended by the families and friends of crime victims, as well as by large crowds of their fellow citizens wishing to show their support. And then, on Friday, a state candlelight vigil is held on the steps of the Attorney General’s Office in Montgomery. Unfortunately, due to the current restrictions on public gatherings, this year the vast majority of those vigils will not take place.

The event will be broadcast live at AlabamaCandlelightVigil.com, where families and friends can light a virtual candle for crime victims. Officials participating include Marshall; Azzie Taylor, chief of criminal trials; Jill H. Lee, Shelby County district attorney; Jawandalyn Brooks, executive director of the Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ACADV); Lynn Bius, state executive director of the Alabama Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers; Pamela A. Morton, state victim services coordinator for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD); Janette Grantham, executive director of Victims of Crime and Leniency (VOCAL); and Barry D. Matson, executive director of the Office of Prosecution Services.

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