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Candlelight Vigil in Pasco Honors Crime Victims and Advocates

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Many of us can't imagine what it would be like to lose a loved one, but two women who lost their children to brutal violence are using their painful experiences to help others. Many of us can't imagine what it would be like to lose a loved one, but two women who lost their children to brutal violence are using their painful experiences to help others.

PASCO, WA - Many of us can't imagine what it would be like to lose a loved one, but two women who lost their children to brutal violence are using their painful experiences to help others.

Luminaries lined the walkways of Volunteer Park, pictures of crime victims stood all over and the whole event was meant to honor crime victims and the people advocating for them.

"It was very traumatic," said Nikki Cook. Her sister died when she was just a child.

"My sister was murdered in '97 at the age of 13. I was 8-year-olds. So she was my big sister, my mentor, my role model... And now she's gone," said Cook.

"We want to bring crime victims together with providers. 16 years ago, there was no help for us. Today there's help everywhere you turn," said Christina Pelayo.

This was part of the healing process for Anna's mother, Christina. The park was a stage for several speakers including legislators, prosecutors and even a representative from the Attorney General's office.

"This is crime victims rights week. 30 years restoring justice. We put together this candlelight vigil to honor victims and advocates that serve them," said Pelayo.

While there were stories of heartbreak, pain and unanswered questions, there were also stories of hope. Dora Trevino's son was also murdered when he was just a teenaged boy.

"When I gave my impact statement, it was all about forgiving. And when I forgave him, he turned around, looked at me, crying. He said, 'Mrs. Trevino, I'm so sorry,'" said Trevino.

The candlelight vigil started at 7 p.m. There was also a recognition ceremony. Organizers gave certificates to all of the local agencies that offer support to crime victims and their families.
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