Never Forgotten

Intro

The Jackson County Office of the Prosecuting Attorney Victim Rights Unit held a rededication of the Victims of Violent Crime Memorial in Cascades Park on July 30. Despite the rain, the event drew a large crowd. The original memorial was built in 2005 and contains the names and photos of more than 90 victims from Jackson County. A 5-foot-8 wall was added in 2014 to afford room for more than 100 plaques. Five names and images were added to the memorial this year: Maxine Friend, Gregory Stack, Jason Brewer, Frances Craig and 18-month-old Brenden Hartranft.

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Chris Boulter, deputy director of the Blackman-Leoni Township Public Safety Department, and Doug Anderson, grandfather of a victim.

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Jackson County Victims Rights Unit Coordinator Sue Vogt read out all the names on the memorial.

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Jackson County Prosecutor Jerry Jarzynka (right) and Larry Mentink, father of 1989 murder victim James Mentink and the driving force behind the creation of the memorial.

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Judge Joseph Filip spoke to attendees.

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Detective Joe Merritt from Blackman-Leoni Township Public Safety Department shakes hands with a child.

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Retired Prosecutor Cold Case Investigator Melvin Hartman and Chief Assistant Prosecutor Kati Rezmierski.

Photos courtesy of Bob Vogt

Published: Mon, Aug 08, 2016