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Ceremony planned for victims

LAWRENCEVILLE - Officials encourage Gwinnett residents who've been victimized by crime recently to attend a ceremonial wreath-hanging Monday at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center.

The ceremony, put on by the Gwinnett County District Attorney's Office, will coincide with National Crime Victim's Rights Week, said Stan Hall, director of the county's victim witness program.

The 10 a.m. event, held on the courthouse's second-floor, includes a musical tribute and will feature speaker Jeanette Soto of the Partnership Against Domestic Violence and Gwinnett District Attorney Danny Porter.

The ceremony will conclude when crime victims hang a wreath outside the doors of the District Attorney's Office, where it will remain throughout the week, Hall said.

The national remembrance has been organized by the Office for Victims of Crime each April since 1981. The local ceremony will coincide with rallies, candlelight vigils and other activities across the United States.

For more information, call the District Attorney's Office at 770-822-8444.