Candlelight vigil honors victims, families at state Capitol

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LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker was joined by dozens of elected officials, law enforcement officers, advocates, and friends and family members of victims Wednesday evening at the state Capitol to celebrate the 28th annual Michigan Crime Victims Vigil.

The event is hosted by the Crime Victim Foundation and takes place at the Capitol every April as part of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

“For the past 11 years, I have attended this event as a member of the Crime Victims Caucus,” said Schuitmaker, R-Lawton. “Participating in the vigil has always been an honor and is a very moving experience for all who attend. Crime has long-lasting effects, and those who participate in this vigil have had their lives changed forever.

“Meeting with families and friends who have lost loved ones to senseless crime and hearing their stories gives me a much greater understanding of the pain that they feel. I am grateful they are willing to share their experiences.”

Schuitmaker on Wednesday also introduced Senate Resolution 161, which designates the week of April 10 – 16 as Crime Victims’ Rights Week in Michigan. SR 161 had a host of bipartisan co-sponsors and was unanimously adopted by the Senate.

“National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is being commemorated across the country and Michigan is no exception,” Schuitmaker said. “I am proud of the work our state has done to protect victims and their families and I was once again humbled to be able to participate in this event.”


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Photo one caption: Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, speaks to advocates and family members during the annual Michigan Crime Victims Vigil Wednesday evening.

Photo two caption: Luminaries on the Capitol floor at the Michigan Crime Victims Vigil on Wednesday display the names of those who have been lost to senseless crime.