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National Crime Victims’ Rights Week began in Jacksonville on Monday.

Advocacy groups, including Families of Slain Children and the Justice Coalition, joined family members of victims at City Hall to kick off the observance. Many held photos of lost loved ones and wore t-shirts printed with their photos.


Lonzie Barton

The short life of Jacksonville toddler Lonzie Barton will be celebrated at Julington Baptist Church tonight. 

The Justice Coalition and the church organized the remembrance vigil.

The event begins at 6 p.m., and  organizers ask that people start arriving at 5 p.m. so they can sign a card.

They’re also asking everyone to bring a long-stemmed flower to include in a bouquet.

Remains believed to be those of the 21-month-old were found Monday in a wooded area off Philips Highway near State Road 9B, six months after he was first reported missing.

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With family members of crime victims holding photos of their missing and murdered loved ones standing nearby, Mayor Alvin Brown and others gathered at City Hall on Monday to commemorate the 30th annual National Crime Victims' Rights Week.

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Victims of violent crimes were recognized Thursday at the annual “Together We Can” breakfast fundraiser for the Jacksonville-based Justice Coalition.