WEST BRIGHTON — A candlelight vigil to help family members and victims of crimes heal after the trauma of seeing their loved ones hurt or killed will be held on Staten Island on Thursday.
The 19th annual Staten Island Crime Victims' Candlelight Vigil, sponsored by District Attorney Dan Donovan and Safe Horizon, will be held at the Sipp Auditorium in Richmond County University Medical Center and feature presentations from crime victims and family members.
“Just because a crime has been successfully prosecuted, that doesn't mean our responsibility ends,” Donovan said in a release. “Rather, I believe we then have a fundamental obligation to help the victims and their families with the healing process.”
The vigil coincides with National Crime Victims Rights’ Week, which starts on Sunday, April 25.
Musical selections and poetry readings will also be at the vigil, and the DA’s office will present awards to the winners of the their Student Art & Writing Contest, held in commemoration of Crime Victims’ Rights Week.
The vigil, which starts at 6:30 p.m., is free and open to the public.