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placeholder December 16, 2013   •   VOL. 51, NO. 21   •   Oakland, CA

Crosses in front of St. Columba.
Staff file photo

Dec. 31 service for homicide victims

As the year draws to a close, a prayer service will be held in front of St. Columba Church in Oakland to remember the people who died violently in Oakland in 2013.

During the year, a wooden cross is placed in front of the church, at 6401 San Pablo Ave., to commemorate each victim. During the service, which will begin at 3 p.m. Dec. 31, each name on the crosses will be read. Families of the victims are invited to attend, and many will take home a cross.

The parish began this practice in 2004, when then-pastor Rev. Jayson Landeza wanted to raise awareness of the effect of violence on the community.

Last year, according to the Oakland Police Department, 126 people were victims of homicide in Oakland. As of Dec. 1, there are 84 homicide victims.

 
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