Annual Honor Program 2013
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Click here for video compliments of Suffolk U News.
On Thursday, September 19th, hundreds of family members, friends, and community supporters gathered at the 9th annual Garden of Peace on Beacon Hill to honor the 66 homicide victims whose names were added to the Massachusetts memorial this year. Thanks to the generous support of Suffolk University, the fountain at the base of the “Ibis Ascending” sculpture was completed and turned on for the first time.
Attorney General Martha Coakley served as emcee and Robert Lewis, Jr., President & Founder of both The BASE and The Boston Astros offered the keynote address. Two survivors shared their stories: Bristol County District Attorney’s Office Victim Witness Advocate Michael Jo Santos, brother of homicide victim, and Garden of Peace Board Member Jude Vajda , daughter of homicide victim, talked about how these deaths affected and continue to have an impact on their lives. The “Wil Darcangelo & The Tribe”, an independent, student-run, adult-mentored, social enterprise rock band in Fitchburg, MA, performed a song written for the occasion called “Rough Stones.”
As each name was read, families and friends lit candles and then proceeded to see the names of their loved ones engraved on the walls.
You can view a photo gallery of the ceremony (photographs compliments of Ilene Perlman)
Special thanks to Suffolk University News reporter Ashley Cullinane for sharing the story she produced covering the ceremony for the Suffolk Journal. Click here to view
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