Two hundred pictures of homicide victims lined the roadway around the Homicide Victims Memorial in a powerful tribute of lost loved ones
Over 250 people attended the 27th annual Justice for Homicide Victims Memorial Foundation Service at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier, Ca. under what turned out to be a beautiful sunshiny day.
Tom Vardon recited a poem in Remembrance of JHV Board Members who passed away in recent years following the national theme of Reshaping the Future – Honoring the Past.
Featured speakers and awardees were Luisa Ashley, of Crime Stoppers, who told of her ongoing 10 year battle to bring the murderer of her son Anthony to justice. Kathleen Cady, Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office Victim-Witness Assistance Program and LAPD Deputy Chief Patrick Gannon were awarded Outstanding Service Awards for their contributions and assistance to victims of crime. The Honorable Judy Chu, 32nd Congressional District, was also honored for her contributions to victims. Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich discussed the City’s programs aimed at reducing gang violence.
The outstanding Deputy District Attorney award was presented to Joseph Porras along with recognition to Los Angeles Sheriff Dept. and Monrovia Police Dept. Detectives for their work in solving and bringing to conviction the gang members who murdered 16 year old Sammantha Salas. Monrovia Mayor, Marylou Lutz, along with representatives from Congresswoman Chu, State Senator Charles Calderon, Assemblyman Mike Eng, and Supervisor Michael Antonivich also honored the Salas prosecution team with proclamations.
The children’s’ International Peace Choir sang “The Power of One” and attendees joined in the finale singing, “We are the Survivors”, while doves and balloons were released in remembrance of loved ones.