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Vigil to honor violence victims

Local victims’ advocates are expecting a large crowd at tonight’s eighth annual candlelight vigil in downtown Nevada City to remember victims of violence in Nevada County.

“Having an annual event that takes the time and energy to honor victims of crime, including people who lost their lives to violence as well as their family and friends, is very important for every community,” said Ashley Miller, Community Outreach and Prevention Advocate with the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition of Grass Valley.

“The vigil provides us time and space to come together and remember people who have been held so dearly by our community and lets loved ones left behind know that we all care and that they are not alone in their grieving.”



The event, hosted by Nevada County Victim/Witness Assistance and attended by 100 to 150 people in years past, will begin at the Victim/Witness Assistance Center in Nevada City, where advocates will dedicate the “Victim’s Photographic Wall of Remembrance” to commemorate victims who have died as a result of violent crime.

Included on the wall are pictures of Laura Wilcox, killed Jan. 10, 2001 by a mentally-ill man on a shooting rampage in Nevada County and Lawrence Leffingwell, shot during a robbery by the Yuba River in 2003.




Immediately afterward, the candlelight vigil, “Light of Hope and Honor: Hope for a Crime Free Community and Honor for Our Victims,” will begin at the courthouse in Nevada City.

“It can be assuring to all that these crimes of violence are not forgotten,” Miller said, “and that they never were and never will be acceptable in our county.”

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To contact staff writer Robyn Moormeister, e-mail robynm@theunion.com or call 477-4236.

What: “Wall of Remembrance” dedication and Eighth Annual Candlelight Vigil

When: The Wall of Remembrance will be dedicated at 4:30 p.m. and the Candlelight Vigil will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Where: The Wall of Remembrance will be dedicated at the Nevada County Victim/Witness Assistance Center at 109 1/2 North Pine Street in Nevada city, and the Candlelight Vigil will begin at the steps of the Nevada County Superior Court courthouse, 201 Church Street in Nevada City.

The Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Coalition will be hosting their annual fundraiser, an evening of merriment, music, dance, food and a silent auction at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Miner’s Foundry in Nevada City.

Call the DVSAC at 272-2046 for tickets.


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