The Ohio Department of Public Safety’s (ODPS) Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS) recognizes the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims.
Around the nation, Sept. 25 is a day to honor murder victims and recognize the impact of homicide on surviving family members, friends, co-workers and loved ones.
“The National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims allows us to honor the memories of victims,” said OCJS Executive Director Karhlton Moore. “OCJS realizes the impact crime has on surviving family members and is committed to providing law enforcement, prosecution and victim service organizations resources to assist them in their efforts.”
At ODPS the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims touches many employees. In 2002, family, friends and co-workers experienced first-hand the loss and tragedy murder causes when Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) employee Jill J. Hand was murdered by her husband in their Delaware County home. On Sept. 25, 2009, the Department dedicated a memorial bench in honor of Jill and all murder victims. The memorial bench has been permanently placed on display in the main lobby of the BMV at ODPS, where Jill worked for nearly 22 years.
Sadly, murder continues to impact far too many Ohioans. In 2010, 476 Ohioans were murdered and 14,748 people were murdered nationally. For Ohio, that meant at least 476 mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, husbands and wives whose lives were taken, and hundreds more individuals who are left grieving. For more crime statistics, log onto http://www.ocjs.ohio.gov/crime_stats_reports.stm.