County honors crime victims' advocates

Snowden, others recognized for their efforts as part of National Victims' Rights Week

May 05, 2006|By NIA-MALIKA HENDERSON | NIA-MALIKA HENDERSON,SUN REPORTER

As an aide to the county executive, a civil rights activist and a former alderman, Carl O. Snowden is used to comforting people touched by violence.

He got an unwelcome view from the other side when his nephew's body was found on the St. John's College campus in January. Darnell Lovell Brown, 36, of Annapolis had been fatally shot, and his killer has not been found.

"I saw the impact that it has on his mother, the pain," Snowden said. "It is our duty to see to it that those who are responsible for crimes are brought to justice."

Snowden was one of the honorees recognized for victims' advocacy Wednesday at the Anne Arundel County state's attorney's office's annual ceremony, which was held at the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court House. The event was in conjunction with National Victims' Rights Week. This year the focus was the impact of crime on children.

Surrounded by two memorial quilts and photos of crime victims, several speakers lauded the efforts of advocates to help children who have been touched by crime, repair the damage left by racist acts, and track down violent offenders.

Hospice of the Chesapeake was recognized for its weekend retreats, Phoenix Rising and Camp Nabe. Both summer camps focus on helping children cope with the death of a loved one.

Janis Harvey, executive director of the YWCA of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County, and Snowden were recognized for their work in promoting diversity and eliminating racism. Both are on Anne Arundel County's Race Relations Council.

Harvey spoke of the trickle-down effect of racism and the need to end the cycle for the younger generation.

"As long as racism exists, we must act and speak and work against it," she said. "I am honored to be a part of Anne Arundel County's fight to eliminate racism."

State's Attorney Frank R. Weathersbee recognized Detective Richard R. Alban Jr. with the Warren B. Duckett, Jr. Memorial Commitment to Justice Award for his efforts in helping to solve violent crimes.

A homicide detective for 10 years, Alban paused for a moment of silence on behalf of people lost to violence while accepting his award.

nia.henderson@baltsun.com

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