Victims' vigil set for Tuesday at Justice Center

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett's annual Crime Victim's Candlelight Vigil will be held Tuesday at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center.

This year's event will honor an estimated 27 or 28 victims who lost their lives to violent crime in 2006, said Stan Hall, director of the District Attorney's Victim Witness Program.

Hall said the event lets families of the victims know they are not forgotten.

"We'll have a good crowd," he said. "It's a really nice ceremony. It serves a great purpose as well."

District Attorney Danny Porter and Lt. Gov.-elect Casey Cagle are this year's featured speakers, Hall said.

After the speakers, Hall will read the names of each of the victims.

Once the last name is read, a "chilling" bagpipe version of "Amazing Grace" will follow, Hall said.

Attendees will then pick up a smaller candle, light it from the a big candle that burns throughout the ceremony, and walk outside.

Once outside, Hebron Baptist Church pastor the Rev. Larry Wynn will render a final prayer, concluding the ceremony.

The event begins at 7 p.m. For more information, call 770-822-8491.