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Chambers County remembers those who have fallen victim to crime

Bagpipes played Amazing Grace as dozens of families gathered at the Chambers County Courthouse Thursday, May 29, to remember loved ones who have fallen victim to crime.

"Whatever your case is, your story is, it shouldn't have happened. I don't care what it is, it shouldn't have happened, but it did," explains Joyce Haralson, a speaker at the vigil.

For 14 years, a non-profit organization called Vocal has been fighting for the rights of victims, and the Chambers County District Attorney's Office has held the candlelight vigil.

Its purpose is to promote healing and strength among those who has lost somebody to an act of violence.

"We also want to bring awareness to the crime that invades our society. The one thing that is important to me is to let people know they are not forgotten, they're not just a number in the DA's office," says Diane Walden, Victim Service Officer and President of Vocal.

As each person lit their candle, they shared the name of who they were remembering. For some, it was their first time attending the vigil, while others have been coming for years. Either way, the flame of the candles symbolized this community coming together as one family.

"To bring them together as a family, to help them heal and to let them know we haven't forgot about them. We always remember," says Waldon.

Lanett Police Chief, Angie Spates, was presented with the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award at the ceremony for her hard work, dedication and compassion to the Chambers County Community.

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