Seaside’s ‘Eternal Light of Hope Day’ to honor homicide victims

Peninsula Premier Admin

SEASIDE — The Seaside Police Department will hold a community gathering on Sunday, the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims, to remember and honor those who have been lost to homicide.

The “Eternal Light of Hope Day” event will be held at the Oldemeyer Center, located at 986 Hilby Ave. in Seaside from 2 to 5 p.m., and will also honor the family members and loved ones who have suffered. The Seaside Family and Community Support Program, a faith-based support group, will be in attendance to provide comfort and resources.

Seaside police will discuss several homicide cases and encourage family members to speak.

“This is so important to me and our police department because Seaside has such a dark history of violence and homicide, much of it that was unsolved,” said Seaside Police Chief Nick Borges. “That is completely unacceptable to me and I will not stand for it.”

Borges said he has personally investigated cold cases and “just speaking to one particular family is enough motivation to want to bring justice for all.”

Of the cases that will be discussed at the Seaside event, Borges said that one speaks directly of how a homicide case from 1969 was completely overlooked and had not been touched in 41 years before he stumbled across it, while another case will highlight how powerful collaboration can be in bringing resolutions.

Congress designated National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims in 2007 and is commemorated throughout the United States every Sept. 25. Part of the commemoration includes the wearing of a red and black ribbon in honor of victims.

Robert and Charlotte Hullinger, of Cincinnati, formed Parents of Murdered Children following the 1978 murder of their 19-year-old daughter, Lisa, while she was studying in Germany. The annual day of observance is marked for the date she was murdered.

The day is meant to be an opportunity to remember those lost and honor their memories while focusing on the impact of murder on families, and communities and ways to support and serve survivors.

Seaside community members with any information regarding an unsolved homicide, are asked to contact the Seaside Police Department at (831) 899-6748, or Cmdr. Matt Doza at (831) 899-6751.

Contributed by local news sources

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