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Vigil held for crime victims and families

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- The Saratoga County District Attorney's Office holds a candlelight vigil to pay tribute to crime victims and their families.

The 14th annual event Sunday helped kick off National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

Many people turned out at the Presbyterian-New England Congregational Church in Saratoga Springs to honor not only those lost, but survivors too.

Saratoga County District Attorney Jim Murphy said that often times it is the person who commits the crime that gets the most notoriety.

"But today provides somewhat of a relief and a discussion for them to meet other people and to really learn about what we can do. No one wants to be part of this system, but if they're here, at least we can provide them with some hope and some resources going forward,” said Jim Murphy, Saratoga County District Attorney.

"I think when a person tells their story, they're almost bringing a person to life again. You're able to say, ‘Okay, this person did exist,’” said Patricia Gioia, Chapter Leader for Parents of Murdered Children.

Various events are planned in the Capital Region over this week to raise awareness and honor victims of violent crimes, including the Take Back the Night Rally and March in Troy on Thursday.

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