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Murder Victims Remembered

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Friday, September 10, 2010
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Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen

September 25 marks the nation's fourth National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims. With unanimous bipartisan support, the national observance was established at the request of the National Organization of Parents of Murdered Children, Inc., to honor the victims of homicide and to support their survivors. The Day reminds them too, that we will never forget.


Throughout Wisconsin and the United States, people will gather to remember their loved ones at vigils and ceremonies. As your Attorney General, I am honored to co-host and participate in a public ceremony commemorating the National Day of Remembrance on September 23, 2010, at Watertown High School at 1:30 p.m. At this observance, co-hosted by the Jefferson and Dodge County Victim/Witness Offices, we will remember victims of homicide and recommit ourselves to justice for victims and our neighbors affected by murder.


The effects of murder impact us all. Sadly, in 2009, 146 murders were committed in Wisconsin. The people affected by these tragedies is greater still. For every victim leaves behind not only family members including children and other loved ones but co-workers, neighbors, teachers, and friends whose lives are changed forever.


As attorney general, I continue to fight for law enforcement and prosecutors so that offenders can be apprehended and held accountable for their crimes. I remain steadfast in my conviction that there is no greater priority than that of maintaining public safety.


As we reflect on the impact murder has on lives and communities, let us remember that every day brings sadness and suffering for those who must live with the impact of murder in their lives. The National Day of Remembrance is an opportunity to let victims know we do not forget.


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