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Annual candlelight vigil set for tonight

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Gwinnett County District Attorney's Office will host its annual Victims of Crime Candlelight Vigil tonight at the Gwinnett County Justice and Administration Center.

The vigil will begin at 7 p.m. and is intended to honor those killed during violent crimes and their surviving families.

Speakers will include Molly Perry, director of Georgia's Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, and Stan Hall, Gwinnett County Victim Witness Program director.

The Gwinnett County Fire Department's bagpipe and honor guard will perform musical selections.

Victim advocate Tina McConnell said the vigil is open to "regular citizens" who wish to pay their respects, whether or not they've lost someone to violent crimes.

"It's open to the general public and is just a way to remember all those lost throughout the years," McConnell said. "We hope to draw as big a crowd as we can."

Those who wish to do so may bring an ornament bearing a loved one's name and place it on one of two remembrance trees displayed inside GJAC every Christmas season.

For more information on the vigil, call Candice Pitman at 770-822-8491 or e-mail her at candice.pitman@gwinnettcounty.com.