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.”
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)
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Life & Legacy of Matt Garcia
Ten Years ago, September 1, 2008, tragedy struck Fairfield, Solano County, and abroad… Fairfield City Councilman Matt Garcia was struck by a single bullet in the back of his head that took his life. At 21 years of age, Matt Garcia was the youngest elected City official in Northern CA.
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At The Matt Garcia Foundation we don’t want to complain about this, we want to create solutions to problems. It is with this spirit that we began our Monthly Community Clean Ups.
On the last Saturday of every month, volunteers get together and clean up a neighborhood in Fairfield. We pick up trash, work on landscaping paint windows, fix fences – all in an effort to improve our community. This is another example of community coming together to help make a difference.
The Matt Garcia Foundation Dream Team, is all about stepping up and stepping out of ourselves to serve others and our communities to be a part of the solution. Matt would say ” if you see a piece of garbage on the ground, please just pick it up” How simple is that! So, that is what we do.
On September 2, 2008 Matt was shot and killed by an assailant who purchased his gun at a garage sale.
Enter… The Matt Garcia Foundation who is a part sponsor for the Solano County Gun Buyback program.
We are a community working together…
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