Coping with the results of crime | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | April 7, 2016 5:00 am
Last Updated: April 6, 2016 at 10:57 am
By GEORGE SALSBERRY
Katrina Bell and her relatives put a flame to their candles before she stepped to the microphone and told her story of six years of anguish.
Bell, the daughter of murder victim Annie R. Mack, had joined the others gathered at the lawn of the Walterboro City Hall Monday night for the Walterboro Police Department’s Crime Victims Candlelight Vigil.
Her mother had been shot and killed in late November of 2010 after someone kicked in the front door of her Black Street residence.
Bell told those gathered that time had done little to ease the pain the family still experiences because of that unsolved murder. Police had theorized the gunman who had slain Annie Mack had been seeking someone else when he burst through the door.
Walterboro Police Department Crime Victim-Witness Program Coordinator Denise Pinckney, who annually organizes the candlelight vigil as part of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, remembers being called to the home on that cold and rainy evening in November, remembers trying to comfort the family members trying to deal with their sudden loss.
Prior to the candle lighting ceremony, Theresa Lacey, the community education volunteer coordinator with Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse, shared her story of becoming a victim of spousal abuse.
Dr. Gunther Rencken of Walterboro Family Practice, who routinely works to meet the medical needs of crime victims, came to the podium offering his thoughts on the need to work with law enforcement officers by providing information on criminal incidents.
Mayor Bill Young, Walterboro Police Chief Wade Marvin and Pinckney also spoke during the ceremonies.
Philip McNeal and Eric Campbell, both chaplains with the police department, offered the opening prayer and benediction.