Hundreds of family members and loved ones of murder victims in Cook County gathered recently for a special memorial ceremony that was hosted by Cook County Stateâ€™s Attorney Anita Alvarez.
During the ceremony, Stateâ€™s Attorney Alvarez addressed the audience, reminding them, â€œyou are not alone,â€ and that â€œeach and every life has a value beyond all measure and the pain of just one violent death is too much to bear.â€ The ceremony also included a photo montage of victims, personal reflections of remembrance from several family members of victims, and ended with a lighting of candles in memory of loved ones. More than 100 photo boards prepared by the families of homicide victims were also on display during the event.
After the ceremony a resource fair with support groups and referral services was available for attendees.
The event was coordinated by the Stateâ€™s Attorneyâ€™s Victim Witness Assistance Unit, one of the largest prosecutor-based victim advocacy programs in the nation. It was held on Sept. 28th at the UIC Forum in Chicago.