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Candlelight Vigil To Honor Loved Ones Killed


By: Emily Johnson
April 10, 2014

Tallahassee, FL - The Big Bend Victim Assistance Coalition and Mothers Against Drunk Driving held a candlelight vigil tonight to celebrate the life of loved ones killed.

"To honor them in a dignified was is very important," said Aleta Jarrett Cortinas.

Thursday night was Cartinas's first time attending a candlelight vigil to celebrate the life of her father and brother who were murdered 11 years ago. She said it's never too late to honor them.

"It's a special time and I hope that I can channel my father and brother and do a good job in their memory," said Cortinas.

The Big Bend Victim Assistance Coalition and Mothers Against Drunk Driving are there to support people like Cortinas.

"Any type of crime victim it send a message that says we support you as a community. It really means a lot that people can come and light a candle in memory and honor their loved one," said Kristin Allen, Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

The ceremony started with the lighting of five candles and ended with individuals lighting candles and saying their family members name who was killed.

Local law enforcement agencies were also on hand to show their support.

"It's important to let the family members know that we haven't forgotten about them and their loss and that we continue to try and support them in every way we can," said Chief Michael DeLeo, Tallahassee Police Department.

The candlelight vigil was held during National Crime Victim's Rights Week.


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