A Kansas City Kansas Community College class is taking some time to remember victims of homicide in Kansas City, Kan.
The service is at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, at the KCKCC Conference Center, next to the pond on the south side of campus at 7250 State Ave. The keynote speaker will be Wyandotte County Sheriff Don Ash. Light snacks will also be provided.
Melissa Casperson, co-chair of the event, said the purpose of the service is to honor the 25 victims of Kansas City, Kan., who have lost their lives as a result of homicide this year.
“The idea was brainstormed by Ashley June and myself for a final project for our Victims Services class (at KCKCC),” she said. “We decided to honor the homicide victims by having a candlelighting and having our Sheriff Don Ash speak and tell us what the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department is doing to reduce homicides and other crime (in KCK).”
Casperson said the event is important in several ways.
“It’s an important event for the community to participate in to honor and raise awareness for these victims,” she said. “Also, to learn the things we as community members can do to help prevent more homicides from happening in the future.”