Sunday, December 29, 2013

Annual candlelight vigil for youth victims of homicide Dec. 31

Northeast Performing Arts Group's annual candlelight memorial vigil and rally in memory of youth victims of homicide in 2013 will take place December 31 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at NEPAG's outreach center (3431 Benning Rd NE).

More information from the organization's announcement:

For the past 23 years we have been holding this memorial vigil and rally, hoping that each one will be our last. We are driven to send a message of hope and peace for the future and the lives of our youth living in Washington, D.C. by coming together in peace and praying for the lives lost on the streets to homicide.

Participants in the vigil will light a candle to commemorate each of the young people ages 0‐25 that have been killed in the District this year. The victim count goes back to zero "0" at midnight, as though these young people are forgotten statistics, last year’s news. Who is thinking about the victims and the families?

Your attendance is necessary, on January 1, 2014 the count goes back to 0 and the homicide victims will no longer be a statistic. Help make a difference, the senseless killings must STOP. What could happen, if the more than 200 victim’s families over the past years were called together? There would be a movement in this city, "A Youth Life Movement."

Come join us! We are inviting youth, community groups, churches, families and concerned individuals to come out in droves and support this movement. Together we can make a difference!

For more information regarding this event, please contact NEPAG program director, Carrington Lassiter, at (202) 388-1274, or at

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