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Crime victims honored in week long tribute

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Greg Edwards, Dougherty District Attorney Greg Edwards, Dougherty District Attorney
Tonya Hill, Victim's Services Director Tonya Hill, Victim's Services Director
Mayor Dorothy Hubbard and Chairman Jeff Sinyard during Proclamation Ceremony Mayor Dorothy Hubbard and Chairman Jeff Sinyard during Proclamation Ceremony
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

It's National Crime Victims' Rights week, and Albany and Dougherty County leaders helped kick it off Monday at the Government Center in downtown Albany.

A week of events has been planned to recognize victims of crime, which started with a symbolic ritual.

The wreath of carnations in the Government Center symbolized the hole left for victims of crime. And during the opening ceremony of National Victims' Rights Week, law enforcement agencies filled the wreath with flowers to tribute the people who've suffered at the hands of criminals.

"We honor victims, and we will do all we can to make sure that as best we can, the wounds that they've suffered are healed by making sure that the persons that committed the crime are brought to justice," said Greg Edwards, Dougherty District Attorney.

The purpose of victims' rights week is to raise awareness about crime victims and to let them know there is help available.

"We want to put the...in the community...just make people aware that there's counseling, there's help for medical bills, there's protections orders that can be sought. There's, they'll have to reach out to us," said Tonya Hall, Victim's Services Director.

The D. A. said crime has dropped overall nationwide, but also said law enforcement continues the daily battle against people with no regard for the law.

"Of course when you have a person that is a victim of homicide, you've lost that person forever," Edwards said. "But certainly, our effort is to make sure those people are never forgotten. And to make sure that the families are given assurances that everything that can be done to make sure justice is served is done."

Attendees wore orange and blue ribbons in honor of victims' rights week. And speakers cited cyber crimes and terrorism as some of the newer challenges facing law agencies this year.

Some officers honored the victims of the Boston attack during the ceremony. Others used their carnation to honor the four people who die every day through abuse and neglect.

Moments of silence and candlelight vigil's will take place during the week. The national observance will conclude with a Stop the Violence march this Friday.

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