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Homicide Victims Remembrance Display at Courthouse

10 April 2008   Penny Cramer, Yavapai County Attorney's Office
It's a grim, but necessary reminder that bad things can happen to innocent people, even in Yavapai County.

 

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Currently the display is on display at the County offices on Fair Street. Monday, it will be moved to the gazebo on the Courthouse Square.
National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is the week of April 13 to 19, 2008. To commemorate the occasion and to honor the memory of victims in Yavapai County who have died at the hands of others, the Yavapai County Attorneys’ Office will unveil the Homicide Victim Remembrance Display at 8:15 a.m. on Monday, April 14, 2008, at the gazebo at the courthouse plaza in downtown Prescott. The public is invited to join in the unveiling.

 

The display includes ten life-sized silhouettes representing actual homicide victims in Yavapai County. Each figure is made by prison inmates and has a breastplate shield giving the victim’s name, dates of birth and death, and a short summation of their victimization. Surviving family members have displayed pictures, poems or other written material in the remaining torso area of the silhouettes to honor their loved one’s memory. The County Attorney Victim Services Division worked with the Arizona Department of Corrections to create the display.

The victims of homicide represented in the display are: - Cassandra & Alexus Lang, Michael Doherty, Edward Green, Patricia Kreis, Shane Gilmore, Misty Brown, Tammy Kimbrell, Charles Thurman, Katelyn Rinde and Margaret Romo. These victims represent a spectrum of the tragedy and loss experienced by many other victims and surviving family members throughout Yavapai County.

The goal of the display is threefold: REMEMBRANCE - honoring the memory of those who have died at the hands of another; AWARENESS - raising awareness of the extent of violence and homicide within our community; and ADVOCACY - ensuring that victims have a voice even after their death. According to Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk, “The display is very emotional and reminds all of us what our criminal justice system is about. It was the idea of victim advocate Marie Martinez and she has done a wonderful job coordinating the silhouettes and bringing in the surviving families to participate.”

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors has also proclaimed the week of April 13 to 19, 2008, as National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. The Proclamation reaffirms the County’s commitment to respect and enforce victims’ rights and expresses appreciation for those victims and crime survivors who have turned personal tragedy into building a more just community. A copy of the Proclamation is attached.

Sheila Polk added: “’Crime victims’ rights are a critical component of ‘justice for all,’ the foundation for our criminal justice system in America. I hope everyone in the community will take the time to visit the display at the gazebo.”

Photo Gallery

View the silhouettes, and read the information about each victim. Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image.