Candlelight vigil set for domestic violence awareness

To bring awareness to domestic violence, several pubic officials are scheduled to speak during a candlelight vigil slated Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Uvalde County Stardust Pavilion at the Fairplex. A balloon release is also planned for that evening.

The event is being organized by the Uvalde County Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.

Wayne Springer, chief investigator for the 38th Judicial District, will serve as the evening’s keynote speaker.

Other speakers include Simon Sotelo with New Horizons Outreach Program; Camile DuBose, 38th Judicial District Judge; Charles Mendeke, Uvalde County Sheriff; Eric Herrera, Uvalde Police Department Chief; and Daniel Kindred, 38th Judicial District Attorney.
Katherine Garcia, with New Horizons Outreach Program, will read the story of a local domestic violence victim, who wishes to remain anonymous.

Uvalde County Sheriff Charles Mendeke, UCSO sergeants Mike Villarreal and Gilbert Valdez, and Uvalde Police Department Chief Eric Herrera and UPD lieutenants Mariano Pargas and Daniel Rodriguez will list victims who have died this year as a result of domestic violence.
Light refreshments will be served.

In support of domestic violence awareness month, the Uvalde Lions Club, Uvalde Rotary Club and Uvalde Memorial Hospital erected purple flags in downtown Uvalde on Sunday. The flags will remain at the site until Saturday.

In addition, Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Uvalde Police Department officers are sporting purple bands on their badges in observance of domestic violence awareness.


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