Remembering those killed
Revs. Aidan McAleenan and Kwame Assenyoh, SVD, with Oakland Mayor Jean Quan joined with about 80 participants at the annual cross ceremony at St. Columba Church to remember Oakland homicide victims of 2013 on Dec. 31. "We as a community have begun to turn the corner," Quan said optimistically, noting the number of homicides fell from 131 in 2012 to 92 in 2013. She and interim Chief of Police Sean Whent attributed the decline to many factors — more jobs, citizens less afraid to become witnesses and the help of faith and service organizations sending a message that violence will not be tolerated.
ALBERT C. PACCIORINI/THE CATHOLIC VOICE