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DA: Launch of computer memorial honors victims

Photo by Laura Williams

Photo by Laura Williams

ALBANY, Ga. -- The pictures, information and names of homicide victims outgrew the memorial wall in the District Attorney's Office.

To make room and show proper respect, a new memorial was adopted that features a computer screen that puts pictures and information on the victims on the screen one at a time.

"We at the District Attorney's Office developed a memorial to honor victims of violent crimes in Dougherty County. We'll make sure their memory is preserved until there are no more victims," said Greg Edwards, district attorney. "We did this as part of National Crime Victims' Rights Week. The board we had just got too covered with photos."

The about 150 photos in the memorial to the slain date back to about 1980, Edwards said. The memorial can be viewed during District Attorney Office business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., in Room 231 at 225 Pine Ave.

The computerized screen that holds the photos and information was donated by Kevin Hogencamp, Edwards said. Terry McVey made and donated the cabinet on which the screen sits. Beneath the screen on a shelf is a sign-in book.

A similar screen honoring the victims also sits in the reception area of the Victim's Assistance office down the hall from the District Attorney's Office.

"We want to have it here mainly because often times they are forgotten," said Tonya Hall, victim services director. "It is a service to the victim to remember them."