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The First United Methodist Church in downtown Warren was filled with heavy hearts Tuesday for the annual Victims Rights Week vigil.
The Trumbull County Chapter of Parents of Murdered Children honored victims and survivors of violent crime by lighting candles.
Kathy Migliozzi’s daughter Courtney Rushwin was just 16 when a man gave her a fatal overdose of drugs. She said all states now have some form of victims rights laws, but they’re not universal, and often not enforced.
“The National Crime Victims week reminds us that many challenges still remain. This year’s theme, ‘New Challenges, New Solutions,’ celebrates the spirit that will advance future progress in the victim’s rights,” Migliozzi said.
Warren City Council President Bob Dean read a proclamation from the mayor, recognizing the 28th anniversary of the commemoration of National Crime Victims Rights Week.
Guest speaker at the event was Dan Fynes, supervising U.S. probation officer in Cleveland. Music was provided by the Girard Community Band.