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After tragedy, local woman organizes

Posted on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 2:00 am

By Katherine Cross

On February 26, 2005, our son Paul was shot in the chest and arm during an attempted home invasion. He was helicoptered to Fairfax Inova and miraculously survived. When Paul came home he began suffering what I now know is Post Traumatic Stress. Then 44 days later, Paul died in his back yard of a drug overdose of pain medication. To date, his shooting has not been solved. If you go to Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office website under crime line, we have a poster there. Paul is sorely missed by everyone! On April 11, 2013 Paul will be gone from us eight years. His death has changed our lives forever.
We started this event five years ago to remember Paul and all those who have lost their lives or been affected by violent crime. We light candles to promote awareness of the effects of violence in our community. The event is held every year in April during National Crime Victims Rights Week.
From the onset I have received full cooperation from the Westmoreland Sheriffs Department and all County and State local offices as well as community and family members, who have offered any help that I needed. Without everyone’s help, I would not be able to hold this event.

On April 25 at 6 p.m. the following speakers and events begin at the Westmoreland Volunteer Fire Department: Woody Hynson, Vice Chair of the Westmoreland Board of Supervisors presents the proclamation declaring the week of April 21-27 2013 National Crime Victims Rights Week in Westmoreland County; Deputy Karl Wendell, School Resource Officer, on bullying; Deputy Kim Simon, on home and personal safety. Deputy Simon is Firearms Instructor and Background Investigator at the Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy; Brenda Ward, Director of Westmoreland County Victim Witness program; Julie Sichol Hutt, Commonwealth Attorney; Delegate Margaret Ransome, on new legislation impacting victims; Siloam Baptist Youth Praise Dancers perform under direction of Cheryl Henry; Colleen Jordan, Advocacy Director of the Haven Shelter; W&Lee High Art Poster Winners receive ribbons and prizes. Posters will be displayed at the fire department.