Empty Shoes, Aching Hearts


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By: Allen Johnson

The Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office reported 49 homicides and 14 suicides this year through April 10. Meanwhile, a day of action, hope and remembrance is on this week’s calendar. Local activists and federal, state and local law enforcement will join together from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 19, in the Kendall-Cram Room of Tulane University’s Lavin-Bernick Center for a free community event commemorating National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. “We will have a theme of empty shoes,” says David Kent, vice president of Victims and Citizens Against Crime, along with the name of each victim killed in 2007 and the date of death. There also will be free food, a children’s art station, live music by the SilenceIsViolence student music clinic, and awards for U.S. Attorney Jim Letten and FBI Special Agent in Charge Jim Bernazzani. Agency booths will feature information on victims’ rights, state victims’ compensation funds and services. Elsewhere, the U.S. Postal Service will present a monthlong display dealing with victims’ rights in the lobby of the main post office, 701 Loyola Ave.


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