Candlelight vigil held for crime victims

April 22, 2012 4:22:22 PM PDT
Hundreds of crime victims and advocates gathered on the Upper West Side Sunday to mark the start of National Crime Victims Rights Week.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance was among those at the West End Collegiate Church for a candlelight vigil.

Organizers say the vigil is an opportunity for victims and advocates to share their stories and struggles, and to serve as a tribute to those lost to violent crimes.

The theme of this year's vigil was "Honoring Victims, Supporting Families."

The event also celebrated and recognized service providers in the field of community advocacy, healing, and crime prevention.

"We in law enforcement know that our job is not just about prosecuting cases - equally important is our duty to help survivors as best we can," said District Attorney Vance.

"This vigil allows us to honor the countless lives lost to senseless violence, reaffirm our unwavering support of victims and their families, and remind the public about the true cost of crime to our society."

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