Candle light vigil for National Crime Victims' Rights Week

Candle light vigil for National Crime Victims' Rights Week

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A candlelight vigil of hope and remembrance for National Crime Victims' Rights Week was held in Albany Thursday.

People remembered crime victims by wearing this yellow and blue ribbon. Victims' Advocates say events like this provide support for families devastated by crime.

Nettie Hill Wilson and her 13-year-old Grandson Tyson Smith light the candles of Courage, Forgiveness and Growth. The three things Wilson says have given her strength since her daughter' death in 2003.

"It was a sad thing when she passed away but it made me stronger because I had to be strong to see about the children you know," said Nettie Hill Wilson, Victim.

Twenty-seven year old Tiffany Hill Smith was sleeping in her Macon home when she was shot and killed by her husband who is now serving a life sentence. The mother of two was a former school teacher at Dougherty and Radium Middle Schools

" She was loved by everybody," said Nettie Hill Wilson.

Other victims lit candles of Peace, Love and Hope and held pictures remembering their loved ones. Dougherty County Police Sgt. Tamiko Whitlock also read a poem remembering Dougherty County Jailer Tasha George who was killed by her ex-boyfriend in 2006.

" We remember the officers who always stood true. Whatever color the uniform brown, grey, green or blue," said Sgt. Tamiko Whitlock, Dougherty County Police Dept.

Tonya Hall says tonight's event is a support group for victims.

" They have the opportunity to connect with other people who are in their situations," said Tonya Hall, Director Victim Services.

Wilson said Hall was always by her side in providing victim's assistance.

"They worked very close with me to help me understand some things legal work and stuff that I didn't know anything about," said Nettie Hill Wilson.

Hall says although improvements have been made for victim's rights. There is still more work to do.

The Council on Aging also made 24 Potted Plants and planted seeds of Justice to give to the victims Thursday night.

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