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Wreath Display Kicks Off National Crime Victims' Rights Week

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

Area victim services agencies kicked off National Crime Victims' Rights Week with a wreath ceremony Monday morning in the lobby of the Nueces County Courthouse.

Each agency from the Coalition for Crime Victims' Rights displayed a wreath representing the victims that they serve, and those wreaths will remain on display in the Nueces County Courthouse lobby, at the Lipan entrance, throughout the entire National Crime Victims' Rights Week, which runs April 6-12.

"It helps us remember our victims," said Rebecca Villarreal, a crime victim. "It also helps us come together as a community to show other people there are resources out there for them."

"Most of these advocate groups, it's not just a paycheck, I have found that they might be paid in doing what they are doing, but they have a passion that is so comforting," crime victim Tammy Willett said.

"They can always call the District Attorney's Office, CCPD Victims Services, and ask for help," Victim's Assistant Coordinator Shirley Esparza said. "They're available and we can help them."

The Coalition will also be distributing information to the public from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday on crime victims' services at a booth located near the wreath display.

The agencies that are part of the Coalition for Crime Victims' Rights include groups such as the Nueces County District Attorney's Office, County Attorney's Office, the Corpus Christi Police Department, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the Nueces County Sheriff's Department, the Women's Shelter of South Texas, MHMR, the Children's Advocacy Center, CASA of the Coastal Bend, the Department of Public Safety, Naval Air Station-Corpus Christi, the Juvenile Justice Center, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, the Probation office, and Parents of Murdered Children.