WILLIAMSON COUNTY

Angel Tree honors victims of violent crime in Williamson County

The tree will stay lit throughout the holiday season at the district attorney’s office

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The Williamson County community is invited to join the Williamson County District Attorney’s Office for the lighting of the county’s fifth Tree of Angels to honor victims of violent crime.

The ceremony takes place Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. at the Williamson County Historic Courthouse 26th District Courtroom at 710 S. Main Street in Georgetown.

“This moving ceremony encourages the community to remember families whose lives have forever been touched by violent crime,” said Shawn Dick, Washington County district attorney.

Families, survivors of a violent crime, families with missing loved one and friends of a victim are invited to bring an angel ornament to place on the tree.

“This is how the community and local government comes together to honor those who have fallen,” said Alma Vasquez, DA victim assistance coordinator.

The evening also includes the dedication and lighting of the unadorned Tree of Angels and victims, families and friends adorning the tree with their angel ornaments.

Officials expect the audience to be a broad reflection of the community, including families of homicide victims, law enforcement, state, county and local victim service agencies.

The Tree will stay lit throughout the holiday season at the district attorney’s office.

The tradition began in December 1991, when the local advocacy group People Against Violent Crime in Austin proposed the first Tree of Angels to recognize the holidays are a difficult time for victims and their families.

For more information, call 512-943-1234.

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