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Candlelight vigil to honor violent crime victims in York County

Barbara Herring, left, holds a candle and a photo of her husband, Ronald Herring, in 2014 during a candlelight vigil at the York County Coroner's Office in Rock Hill. Ronald Herring died the previous year after being hit by a drunken driver. The Rev. John Giuliani is pictured at right. The vigil was held to mark South Carolina Victim's Rights Week.
Barbara Herring, left, holds a candle and a photo of her husband, Ronald Herring, in 2014 during a candlelight vigil at the York County Coroner's Office in Rock Hill. Ronald Herring died the previous year after being hit by a drunken driver. The Rev. John Giuliani is pictured at right. The vigil was held to mark South Carolina Victim's Rights Week. Herald file photo

A candlelight vigil on Tuesday will honor lives lost to violent crime in York County.

The event will be at 7:30 p.m. at the York County Coroner’s Office, 933 Heckle Blvd., Suite 103 in Rock Hill. The coroner’s office and its CARE Team hold the event to coincide with South Carolina’s Victims Rights Week, and families, friends and community members are invited to attend and light a candle to remember violent crime victims in the York County area.

The CARE team – which stands for Connecting, Advocating and Responding with Empathy – was established in 2011 by Coroner Sabrina Gast and is made up of trained volunteers who respond with the coroners to assist families when they receive the news of a loved one’s death. Events like the vigil and the remembrance tree at Christmas are ways the team stays in touch with families.

“Hosting events like our annual candlelight vigil is just one of the ways that we choose to show our families we are and that we continue to honor and remember their loved ones as years go by,” Chief Deputy Coroner Christina Westover said.

A wreathe hangs in the coroner’s office lobby where family or friends can bring memorials, and pictures can also be displayed on a memory wall.

Light refreshments will be served at Tuesday’s vigil and candles will be provided.

For more information, call 803-909-8400.

Teddy Kulmala: 803-329-4082, @teddy_kulmala

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