Montgomery County, Ala. – The Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, in commemoration of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW), April 7–13, 2019, is hosting “An Evening of Remembrance” aimed at honoring the lives of local homicide victims and providing pertinent information about support services to their families.
“An Evening of Remembrance” will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, at Southside Church of Christ, 3388 South Hull Street. This inaugural event is free and open to the public.
According to the most recent Bureau of Justice Statistics’ National Crime Victimization Survey, U.S. residents age 12 or older experienced 3.1 million violent victimizations and U.S. households experienced an estimated 13.3 million property crimes in 2017.
District Attorney Daryl D. Bailey said: “Every year, dozens of our citizens are affected by senseless murders. We know our victims’ love ones will need ongoing care and resources. Through ‘An Evening of Remembrance,’ we not only aim to raise awareness of victims’ rights and services, but vow to stand with our families, neighbors, friends, and colleagues whose lives have been forever altered by crime. We resolve to reach out, listen, and support them as they press forward on a path to recovery.”
Ms. Marquita Arrington and Minister Furlesia Bell will be the featured speakers for “An Evening of Remembrance.” Ms. Arrington’s 6 year-old son, Aiden Howard, was tragically killed in 2015 by Juan Daniels. Following an altercation with a family member, Daniels drove his vehicle through the apartment Arrington and her son were visiting, striking and killing Aiden, who was watching cartoons. Daniels is serving life in prison.
Minister Bell is the founder of Triple J Initiative, a non-profit organization set up to help bridge the gap between the church and the community. She is also founder and administrator of Murder in Montgomery, an online support group for Montgomery families of homicide victims, and founder of #WeSpeakMontgomery. After experiencing the loss of her brother, Charlie Jay McCord, to murder in 2014, Minister Bell has become an advocate against gun violence in the local community. Her brother’s murder remains unsolved.
In addition to Ms. Arrington and Minister Bell, the “Evening of Remembrance” will feature a tribute to Montgomery homicide victims and special performances by the Southside Church of Christ and Trenholm State Community College Choirs.
About National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW)
The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) leads communities throughout the country in their annual observances of NCVRW by promoting victims’ rights and honoring crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf. This year’s theme – Honoring Our Past. Creating Hope for the Future. – encourages commemoration, honor, and respect toward the crime victim advocates, allied professionals, and selfless volunteers who have courageously worked for increased rights for crime victims. The theme also invites us to look toward a future of inclusive, accessible, and innovative resources and services for survivors.
Contact: Daryl Bailey, District Attorney