By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley) – With a week to go until the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Memorial, support in honor of the county’s crime victims and their families continues to grow.
The event will take place Monday, April 7, 2014, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the San Bernardino County Government Center, 385 N. Arrowhead Ave., San Bernardino, 92415.
“When a loved one is notified that something extremely terrible has happened to their loved one they don’t know where or who to turn to. So it’s important that everyone in the District Attorney’s office is approachable and accessible to them. That means the Deputy District Attorney, the Advocates, and even the District Attorney. It’s also important for the surviving victim to feel that they are there for them and them alone. That’s why it’s so important to have National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. It’s a time to see that there are others who are going through exactly what you are and a time to know that you are not alone. Yes, it does make you remember that something terrible happened to your loved one, but at the same time, it makes you feel good to know that they do remember and they really do care.”
– Marilyn Van Kleef (Mother of Jason Van Kleef, who was murdered in 2001. Alfred Flores murdered Jason, along with two other teenagers, because they refused to join his gang. In 2003, Flores was sentenced to death.)
“As a victim of violent crime, I went into the whole court process not knowing what my rights were and that I even had any. I was fortunate enough to be set up with a wonderful group of advocates who were there for me every step of the way—from waking up in the hospital to the sentencing day in court and even beyond that. Without the advocates I would have been lost and never would have known what my rights were as a victim. Everybody, every victim deserves to have rights. To be able to have a voice and a say-so throughout the court process is a must-have in order to have a satisfactory court experience. Every victim deserves these rights, and so it’s events like this where we take time to recognize these rights and all those who have been victims to senseless crimes.”
– Glenda Brooks (Survivor/Victim)
- The memorial will feature the Redlands East Valley Choir, under the direction of Rita Stevens. The singers will perform three tribute songs in honor of our county’s fallen victims.
- During the memorial, the District Attorney’s Office will present the Award for Exemplary Service to Victims of Crime to the Physicians of the Children’s Assessment Center.
- A bagpipe tribute will also take place beside the bronze “Officer Down” statue in honor of the county’s fallen officers.
The Government Center in San Bernardino was chosen as the location because it is the official administrative center for San Bernardino County.
- Sheriff John McMahon
- Russell Perry, son of Deacon Phil Perry, who was shot to death in 1992
- Bishop Gerald Barnes
For more information regarding this event and others taking place during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, please visit: http://ow.ly/ujsiF
Throughout the week we will release links via Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #NCVRW. Attendees are also encouraged to share their photos using the hashtag #NCVRW.