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Wylie Police Department invites the community to a Crime Victims' Vigil Monday, April 9, from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. in Olde City Park, 112 S. Ballard Ave. The event is held in commemoration of National Crime Victims' Rights Week April 8 - 14 and will include remarks by Mayor Eric Hogue and members of Wylie PD, performances by the Wylie High School A Cappella Choir, and a candle lighting in honor of those who have been the victims of crime.

"In the media and the criminal justice system, the focus of the attention is often on the offender in a crime of violence," said Wylie PD Lt. Tommy Walters. "The offender made a choice that put them in that situation. What is often forgotten is that, for every crime, there is a victim who did not get to make a choice."

The Wylie event is part of a program to raise awareness about crime victims' rights and issues and introduce the community to the resources and services available. According to the most recent Bureau of Justice Statistics survey, victims experience more than 5 million violent crimes and nearly 15 million property victimizations a year. This year's theme, "Expand the Circle: Reach All Victims," reflects a vision to build partnerships between criminal justice and the many support groups that exist, so victims will get the help they need.

"I am proud to say that the Wylie Police Department now has a way of helping to take care of the needs of the victim and give them hope," Walters said.