SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. – Today on National Day of Remembrance of Murder Victims, the Spokane County Office of the Prosecuting Attorney released the following statement:
“Due to the inability to recruit and retain a sufficient number of victim advocates, we will be unable to sponsor the annual Homicide Vigil which we usually do in September. Regardless, our thoughts and prayers remain with the victim’s family members on this national week of mourning. We hope to resume the program next year,” said Larry H. Haskel, Spokane County Prosecuting Attorney.
In 2007, the U.S. Congress designated September 25 of each year as the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims. The U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime notes that on this day, “we honor the memories of murder victims and … recognize the impact on surviving family members.” The annual National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims provides Americans an opportunity to remember those lost to homicide and honor their memories. The purpose of this annual event is to focus on the impact of murder on families, and communities, and ways to support and serve survivors.