Orange County hosts crime victims' vigil

Several survivors also shared their emotional testimonies with the audience, including Norman Wilson, a grandfather who spoke about the murder of his 3-year-old grandson.

Jade Nash

Apr 24, 2024, 12:24 AM

Updated 26 days ago

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Orange County hosted a vigil on Tuesday to show support for crime victims and their families at the Orange County Government Center.
Officials said the purpose of the event was to remember those who have been victims of crime and acknowledge their journey for justice.
They said the event coincides with National Crime Victims' Week.
Officials took a roll call of those who have been impacted by crime.
Several survivors also shared their emotional testimonies with the audience, including Norman Wilson, a grandfather who spoke about the murder of his 3-year-old grandson.
News 12 asked him why he felt moved to share his story.
"I wanted everyone to hear our side and get an understanding of what we've had to deal with the past two years," Wilson said. "It hasn't been easy."
Wilson said coming together with other families who have been impacted by crime is also a form of healing for him.
One family who wasn't in attendance at the event on Tuesday was the family of Megan McDonald.
They said they boycotted the event because District Attorney David Hoovler served as the event's emcee.
In a statement issued to News 12, the family explained their decision for not attending the event. “We will not be in the same room as David Hoovler, who willingly chose to victimize Megan in death, for years," the family stated.
News 12 approached Hoovler for a comment regarding the matter at the event. However, he declined to speak with News 12.


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