Kent to host regional memorial service for crime victims and their families

WORTON — One of the four regional memorial services that each year honor victims of homicide and vehicular manslaughter, missing crime victims and their families will be held this year at the Kent County Community Center on Sunday, April 21.

State’s Attorney Bryan DiGregory will serve as emcee, and Shelly McMath, victim/witness coordinator for the state’s attorney’s office, will host.

County Commissioner Albert Nickerson will deliver the keynote address.

The public is encouraged to attend; the event gets underway at 1 p.m.

The community center is located at 11041 Worton Road, adjacent to Worton Park.

For more information, contact McMath at 410-810-2264.

The Eastern Region encompasses Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico and Worcester counties.

The Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth and Victim Services, in partnership with the victim and witness divisions of the state’s attorneys’ offices and the Maryland State Board of Victim Services, sponsors the regional memorial services each year during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

The service unites victims, family members, survivors, victim service professionals, law enforcement, advocacy organizations and others from around the state who are concerned about rights and services for victims of crime.

The 2024 theme asks all of us — friends, family members, neighbors, colleagues, community leaders, victim service providers, criminal justice practitioners and health professionals — how we can help crime victims.

Are you prepared if someone confides in you about a victimization?

Is your organization victim-centered and trauma-informed?

Are you familiar with the services available in your community?

A post on the Office for Victims of Crime website states: “This year’s theme is a call-to-action for us all to create safe environments for crime victims to share what happened to them. By doing so, we’re able to offer support, options for lifesaving services and, most importantly, hope.”

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