Celebration of Life Honors Shoals Crime Victims

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Crime victims are the focus of a celebration Friday to honor their life and memory.

The Shoals chapter of Victims of Crime and Leniency teamed up with the Lauderdale County District Attorney’s office, Rape Response and SafePlace to kick-start National Crime Victim’s Rights week.

As part of the event, wooded crosses line the Lauderdale County courthouse lawn.

“What we`re trying to do is celebrate the life of these victims,” said Lauderdale County District Attorney, Chris Connolly.   “Often times in the court system, the focus is so much on the defendant so we want to make sure the victims are remembered.”

After a tragic accident or violent crime, the headline’s fade and the victim’s family is left to carry on: without their sister, father, or friend.

“It’s always a very emotional event to remember their loved ones but we want to remember the good times,” said Connolly.

That’s why the district attorney says this victim’s rights week, is a celebration of life, not a memorial service.