Different agencies participated in the proclamation for Crime Victims Week to remind the community that no one should live in fear. Our reporter Carolina Garcia attended the ceremony and brings us the story.
"We want to educate the public. Let them know that there are programs that are the Webb County Sheriff's Office, District Attorney's Office that are available for them to come and get assistance" stated the Assistant Chief for the Webb County Sheriff, Pete Arredondo. Fear is more than just a simple word for many in our community. It is a way of living; afraid of those who constantly abuse them and the fear of speaking out.
"We wanna break that cycle of being home thinking you're a victim and no one is there to help. We are there to help them and we urge people to come forward and get the assistance that we provide for them." In a special ceremony for Crime Victims Week county officials remembered some of the victims from our community whose lives were taken too soon in a criminal act. District Attorney Isidro Alaniz was present and said, "so we remember why we do what we do. Here in Laredo we remember the case of Juan Perusquia who was killed by his wife Bernadette Perusquia. We remember baby Katherine Cardenas and her family all the suffering they went through." Some find it hard to believe that kind of activity happens in our community but District Attorney Isidro Alaniz says they are here to help. Alaniz stated, "to restore dignity to restore respect, to bring closure to families that go through tragic experiences like this." The Webb County Sheriff's Office is planing different activities for crime victims who may not know how to start a claim. A conference will take place this Thursday to help those victims break the silence and learn about the programs available for them. Though the District Attorney says crime is present in every community there is also help out there. "Even though they'll always be those crimes, you'll always have the good people help protect those who can't protect themselves." Carolina Garcia Pro8News.