Lives lost to crime honored at Oakdale Mall

JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — Monday, April 8 marks the beginning of Crime Victims’ Rights week, and the Crime Victims Assistance Center is hard at work preparing.

A memorial was put on display at the Oakdale Mall Friday afternoon, honoring the many people from our area who’ve lost their lives at the hands of crime.

The wall includes hundreds of photos and news clippings remembering the victims. The Crime Victims’ Assistance Center (CVAC) says the memorial is a powerful tribute to lives which were taken too soon.

“You know, it’s so sad that it continues to grow and there’s people on that wall of all ages. We’ve got babies on there all the way up to elderly people. It just, it’s just amazing to even stand next to it. I just like it’s extremely powerful,” said CVAC Executive Director Raini Baudendistel.

In addition, CVAC hopes the victims will always be honored and remembered.

“Violence is real, and it’s here. What are we doing to prevent it, what are we doing to respond when it happens, and just trying to keep these people in our thoughts and the forefront of our minds. I mean, we don’t want any of these people to be forgotten,” Baudendistel added.

The memorial will be on display at the Oakdale Mall near the old Macy’s entrance throughout Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

 

Dan Conklin

Dan Conklin

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