The Two Rivers Coalition for Victims’ Advocacy will be honoring crime victims throughout the week of April 21st-27th, 2013 for National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. A ceremony will be held in honor of crime victims on Monday, April 22, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. in front of the Garfield County Courthouse located in Glenwood Springs. Later on that evening, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Glenwood Springs Community Center, guest speakers John Michael Keyes and Samuel Granillo will be sharing their personal experiences as victims of crime. John Michael Keyes and Ellen Keyes are the founders of the “I Love U Guys” foundation and parents of hostage Emily Keyes. Emily was killed at Platte Canyon High School in Bailey, Colorado on September 27, 2006. The last text message that Emily sent her parents before she was shot and killed said, “I Love U Guys”. For the past seven years John Michael Keyes and Ellen Keyes have built this foundation to help prevent school shootings. Samuel Granillo survived the April 20, 1999 Columbine High School Shooting and is currently working on a documentary called “Columbine: Wounded Minds”. His goal with this film is to find counseling for those who were directly affected by the Columbine High School shooting and who are still experiencing PTSD. Samuel is hoping to create a formula or foundation to provide free services to all who need mental health assistance. Carole O’Brien, owner of the Desert Garden Fiber Arts, has created a three panel quilt in honor of the journey that victims of crime experience; trauma, transition and recovery. These quilts will be displayed at the Main Street Gallery, which is located at 817 Grand Avenue in Glenwood Springs starting April 12, 2013 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Amy Hayden Marsh from KDNK, FM station 88.1, will be conducting interviews with several victims of crime during Valley Voices on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. These interviews will discuss the types of crime, the impact and the journey of recovery each survivor endures. In the year 2012, the community of Garfield County had over 1,200 victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, burglary, child abuse, robbery, assault and stalking. In order to create a visual impact for the community and raise awareness on the number of crimes in our county, the Two Rivers Coalition for Victims’ Advocacy will post over 1,200 vertical yard signs on the lawn of the Garfield County Courthouse on Monday, Ap
National Crime Victims’ Rights Week
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