In honor of National Crime Victim's Week, Lubbock County is encouraging citizens to remember those victims through a new memorial garden and monument.
The memorial is built to commemorate victims of crimes and their families. On the monument is a quote from Benjamin Franklin. It reads: "Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are."
This memorial is already helping victims cope. "Just to remember the victims, I mean my mom, and it's nice to know that other people care, that they don't forget," says Dalanda Minor, struggling to help make sense of her loss, she and her family are coping with the murder of their mother, Patricia Ann Garcia, the 46 year old 7-11 clerk that was killed this past summer.
"Everyday's been a struggle since this happened," reveals Dalanda. For the past eight months, Dalanda says the hardest part about dealing with the tragedy is trying to move past the anger. "Anger that they took our mom away from us so soon, that's the hardest," she says.
"The trauma is a horrible thing and a lot of times they just need a little extra help getting through," explains Beverly Greiner, a Victims Services Counselor for Texas Department of Public Safety. She works with victims like Dalanda everyday and says this memorial symbolizes the beginning of the healing process. "Kind of a place where victims can come and sit, to help them have a place to remember their family or friends who have been a victim of a crime," adds Beverly.
The months to come will continue to be hard for Dalanda. Two adults and one juvenile are charged with her mother's murder and are awaiting trial, but she says this memorial will help. "I don't know how to deal with it and it's hard but I'm glad something like this is making a positive out of it," says Dalanda.
Thanks to today's dedication ceremony, Dalanda will be working with DPS services to help deal with some of the emotional and financial hardships that lie ahead.
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