Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Memorial for KCK homicide victims set for next Monday

The community and families of 2011 homicide victims in Kansas City, Kan., will have the opportunity to remember their lost loved ones with a candle light memorial on Monday, April 30, 2012.

Friends of Yates, Inc.’s C.A.C.E. (Crime Awareness Coordinating Effort) program, District Attorney’s Victim Assistance Program and Kansas City, Kan., Police Department's Victim Services will hold it’s 13th annual Memorial and Candle Lighting Service, in recognition of Crime Victim’s Rights Week.

This event will be held at Forest Grove Baptist Church, located at 1417 N. 9th St., KCK 66101 from 5 - 8 p.m.

The Crime Awareness Coordinating Effort (C.A.C.E) was developed after the death of a ten year old girl in KCK. This tragic event created great concern throughout the community.

On Tuesday, October 27, 1998, a community forum was called by Friends of Yates, Inc. and members of the Baptist Minister’s Union to bring together citizens, businesses, law enforcement agencies, community leaders, and all those concerned about crime and how it affects KCK.

Through Friends of Yates, Inc., a collaborative partnership was formed and became known as the Crime Awareness Coordinating Effort (C.A.C.E).

This year’s C.A.C.E. memorial service will remember the 27 victims of the tragic homicides which occurred in Wyandotte County in 2011.

The theme for this year is “Extending the Vision Reaching Every Victim.” The program will begin with a light dinner at 5 p.m. followed by the memorial service program, which will start promptly at 6:30 p.m.

The confirmed program guests for this year include Unified Government Mayor/CEO Joe Reardon, Wyandotte County District Attorney Jerome Gorman, KCK Police Chief Rick Armstrong, Wyandotte County Sheriff Don Ash and Kansas U.S. Attorney, Barry Grissom. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Arica Roland, 913-321-1566 or email at