Candlelight vigil set to honor crime victims
by James Phillips
Apr 24, 2012 | 1544 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Walker County Courthouse will be illuminated by candlelight Thursday evening during an event to honor local crime victims and their families.

The candlelight vigil, which is set for 6 p.m., has been organized by the Walker County District Attorney’s Office to be a local observance of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. District Attorney Bill Adair said the idea for the vigil came from local crime victims.

“This is something that we did in Walker County several years ago when I worked as an assistant district attorney,” Adair said. “Victims in the county expressed they would like to hold another candlelight vigil, and I thought it was a great idea.”

Adair will serve as the event’s master of ceremonies, while Circuit Judge Hoyt Elliott and District Judge Henry Allred are scheduled to be guest speakers. The children’s choir from Jasper First Church of the Nazarene will provide musical entertainment.

Representatives from Daybreak Family Violence Program, the Department of Human Resources, Mother’s Against Drunk Driving, the Walker County Children’s Policy Council and Victims of Crime and Leniency are also expected to attend the service, Adair said.

“Around our county, there are so many groups who do tremendous work helping victims of crimes,” Adair said. “This will be a night to honor area victims, but it is also a night to promote awareness about the organizations who can and do help those victims.”

During the candlelight vigil, Jasper Mayor Sonny Posey and Walker County Commission Chairman Bruce Hamrick will unveil plans for a monument to be placed at the courthouse square, which will honor victims of violence in the area. The monument will include a fountain and decorative bricks inscribed with the names of victims of violent crimes in the county.

“We are excited about the fountain project, and we are excited about Thursday’s candlelight vigil,” Adair said. “We want to invite the entire community out to show support for crime victims in our area.”