Raymond Courtemanche, of the Matt Garcia Foundation, speaks at a National Crime Victims’ Rights Week event at the Matt Garcia Career and College Academy, Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)
Parents of homicide victims share experiences at Matt Garcia monument ceremony
Students at the Matt Garcia Career and College Academy on Tuesday heard personal and sometimes graphic accounts of brutal killing in the community from the loved ones of those killed.
The stories were shared during an event on the school’s front lawn during the first of two ceremonies in Solano County to mark National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.
“Today more than ever we need to stand up for the victims of crime,” District Attorney Krishna Abrams said in opening the event. “Beginning at the District Attorney’s Office, we need to hold offenders accountable for their crimes, we need to ensure victims’ rights are honored, that they are kept informed, and that their voices are heard. We need to be the voice when they can’t speak.”
“As we stand together today, let’s take a moment to recognize the strength and courage of each and every one of you who have unfortunately been part of this journey in having your life turned upside down by crime,” she said. “We honor your bravery in turning tragedy into empowerment, strength and hope.”
Matt’s vision has guided us, but we need continued support from all of you to make his dream a reality. A commitment to changing a culture of violence and crime in Solano County. Together we can continue Matt’s efforts and make his dream our reality.
The Matt Garcia Foundation “Dream Team" pledges to live Matt’s legacy.