OC Register: "Victims' families march to remember loved ones"


SANTA ANA – About 350 people, including law enforcement and elected officials, attended a poignant ceremony Thursday focusing on victims and their families, many tearfully remembering loved ones and hoping that the rally at the footsteps of the Old Orange County Courthouse will empower them and others to continue to fight for victims' rights.

Saying that it was regrettable that groups were needed to represent victims of crime, District Attorney Tony Rackauckas led the hour-long rally, which followed a short march of victims' families, friends and advocates from his office to the courthouse.

"By coming here today, we're making a statement that we're not a community of victims, we're a community of survivors, a community of fighters," he said. "Your vigilance has saved countless lives."

Third place in the art contest for the Third Annual Victim's Rights March and Rally went to Cristrian Reyes of Godinez Fundamental High School. It was on display at the Orange County District Attorney's Office on Civic Center Drive in Santa Ana, Thursday morning. MARK RIGHTMIRE, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER



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