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Friday, February 10, 2006

Gory Prince George's: Recent convictions; Remembering victims

(Posted 11 Feb 2006)
Recent convictions:Remembering the victims
  • Voices of the Dead, on a Cold Winter Night.
    • Sentinel, 10 Feb 2006 (by Melissa J. Brachfeld, Sentinel Staff Writer).
    Despite the chilly January evening, a crowd of about 150 people turned up at Riverdale Baptist Church last Tuesday to honor the memory of their loved ones at "Remember: A Vigil for Murder Victims of Prince George's County in 2005."

    The vigil, which was sponsored by Steppin' Up and the Maryland Crime Victims' Resource Council, Inc., paid tribute to the 173 murder victims who lost their lives in 2005 through poetry, statements and songs from the family members and friends left behind. . . .

    The event also featured the dedication of the REMEMBER memorial, which stands by the intersection of Route 202 and Route 193. It consists of three large banners with a white dove statue in the middle and measures out to 10 feet by 17 feet. The word "remember" is written in large blue letters and also features the names of the 173 murder victims on the right panel.

    Edmonston Mayor Adam Ortiz, co-founder of Steppin' Up, said the memorial will be on display at Riverdale Baptist Church until March 10 and will then travel to other sites throughout the county.
    [. . .]
    ''I look around, and I see blacks, whites, Latinos, teens, seniors and we're all drawn together with the realization ... that we're better together," [Ortiz] said.
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