Shelly Linderman (right) and Matlei Phares of Wiregrass Angel House hang up a memorial quilt at Wiregrass Angel House on Monday. The quilt is a collection of individual personalized squares that represent loved ones that have been murdered.
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With more than 400 violent deaths categorized as murder or manslaughter in 2016, Alabama had the nation’s third highest homicide rate that year, according to statistics released by the FBI.
Dothan is home to one organization whose goal is to serve as an advocate for victims of homicide — the Wiregrass Angel House.
The Angel House advocates for victims’ rights and services for victims of violent crimes, providing direct services to the victims’ family.
“There are too many homicide victims,” said Angel House Director Shelly Linderman. “The sad thing is not only are there too many victims, there are too many people that just don’t know how many people are victims of a homicide. This is something that can’t be swept under a mat. These are family members and friends that have lost loved ones way too soon.”
That’s why the Angel House is dedicated to educating the community on its upcoming event, the 2018 National Day of Remembrance of Homicide Victims. The event is scheduled for Sept. 25 at 5:30 p.m.