(Woodland, CA) – April 2, 2019 - Yolo County District Attorney and the District Attorney Victim Services Program will host the 13th Annual Victims’ Tribute Ceremony on Monday April 8th from 12 to 12:50 pm at the Woodland Opera House on 340 Second Street.
The ceremony is an opportunity for community members, advocates, law enforcement, first responders, and service providers to recognize the impact crime has on its victims and the community at large. It is a tribute to the resilience and courage that survivors of crime show in the face of adversity, and an acknowledgement of their rights.
Members of the Davis Police Department will give the keynote address in honor of Officer Natalie Corona, who was shot and killed in the line of duty on January 10, 2019. The District Attorney’s Office will also be honoring four people who showed commendable resolve throughout the criminal justice process:
• A domestic violence survivor who courageously reported the abuse to law enforcement, pursued prosecution, and testified against the abuser despite threats on her life.
• A good samaritan who risked his life to help a driver who had overturned his own car driving under the influence of alcohol. The samaritan was hit by another car and suffered major injuries and financial costs as a result. Despite significant challenges, he testified in front of a jury, illustrating to the jury the impact of the crime.
• A student who was raped by a close friend and showed incredible strength having to endure countless interviews, testifying in court, and working on a victim impact statement before the case finally reached sentencing.
• A mother who stood up for herself and her daughter against an abusive partner, despite her fear and dependency on the abuser. She testified against him and sought out a restraining order to help protect herself and her family.
The District Attorney’s Office invites all community members to attend the event to observe and pay tribute to these survivors of crime.