SoCal: Candlelight Vigils Honored Riverside County Crime Victims this Week

The Vigils Paid Tribute to those who have Lost their Life to Violent Crimes during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office hosted two candlelight vigils this week to honor crime victims during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. The vigils were held in Riverside and Palm Desert.

Each year, in conjunction with National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office pays tribute to those who have lost their life to violent crime through a series of candlelight vigils held in three locations across the county.

District Attorney Mike Hestrin addressed those in attendance at each event. The keynote speaker at Palm Desert was Patty Cardenas, regional manager for the DA’s Division of Victim Services. Her brother, Alex, 20, was slain in 1992 in a shooting in Orange County.

Rick Cheatham, an Anaheim firefighter and his wife, Kelly, a registered nurse spoke in Riverside. They gave a talk about how their 23-year-old son’s death has affected them. Their son, Michael, was murdered in his Corona apartment in 2013.