On April 23, the District Attorney’s Office held their annual Reading of the Names ceremony in honor of crime victims in El Paso, Hudspeth, and Culberson Counties. The District Attorney’s Office hosts this event every year in honor of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.
The Reading of the Names ceremony took place in front of the Remembrance Crime Victims Memorial at the reading garden at Ralph T. Cloud Park, formerly known as Yucca Park. The memorial includes the names of victims who died as a result of a violent crime, drunk driving accidents, and fallen law enforcement officers. Each year, the new names of the previous year’s crime victims are added to the memorial for their lives to be remembered.
More than 1,800 victims were remembered, which included the addition of all of those lost over the past two years. This is accomplished by saying the victim’s name aloud and ringing a bell after the name is read.
The Reading of the Names ceremony has been a tradition for the DA’s Office and the families of the victims for many years, and are honored to have the opportunity to restart this tradition at the park after the pandemic forced their office to put it on hold for the last couple of years.