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Vigil for victims of violent crime

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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - More than one hundred candles were lit on Thursday night to symbolize the victims of violent crime in Albany.

The vigil was one of remembrance and hope.

One of the victims was 30-year-old Roshanda Dowell. In November she was slashed and stabbed to death outside an East Albany shopping center.

Her family said the vigil gave them strength to deal with the pain and move forward.

"This means that Rashonda's life was not in vain that her memory will forever live on, not only for her but for all the victims," said Helen Washington, Rashonda's Aunt.

"We need to let crime victims know that they matter and we want to make a difference for the families, to let them know there is help for them, through law enforcement and service providers," said Tonya Abner, District Attorney's Office Victim Advocate.

Law enforcers and representatives from organizations that stand up for victims' rights also lit candles in memory of victims.

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