DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS EVENT KICKS OFF NEXT WEEK

Walker County Crime Victim’s Memorial

April is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Walker County plans to recognize victims next week at its annual candlelight vigil for victims of domestic violence and other crimes.

The event, the largest in the state, in the past has featured well-known speakers like Kim Goldman, whose brother Ron Goldman was killed along with OJ Simpson’s wife, and Kerri Kasem, daughter of radio celebrity Casey Kasem, who was kept from seeing her father for years by her stepmother.

This year’s keynote speaker was Darlene Hutchinson Biehl, President Donald Trump’s director of victim services from the Department of Justice. District attorney Bill Adair said it is an emotional time for all.

“One thing that I’ll always remember in my life will be when we first opened the display of the only crime victims’ memorial on a courthouse square in the state of Alabama,” he said. “And it was right at dusky dark and all the candles were lit up and there was not a dry eye in the crowd.”

The event is free and open to the public. It starts at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23 in the Walker County Courthouse Square. It will feature music and speakers.

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