Saint Joseph's University Remembers Philadelphia’s Fallen

Candlelight Vigil Honors 2010’s 306 Homicide Victims

Monday, February 21, 2011

PHILADELPHIA (Feb. 21, 2011) — For the fifth year in a row, Saint Joseph’s University will host a candlelight vigil to remember the victims of homicide in Philadelphia over the last year. In 2010, 306 Philadelphians lost their lives to violence. The interdenominational service will be held Thurs., March 3, at 7 p.m. in the Chapel of St. Joseph-Michael J. Smith, S.J., Memorial.

Speaking at the vigil will be Everett Gillison, deputy mayor of public safety. Elizabeth A. Linehan, RSM, professor of philosophy, will preside over the service. Family members and friends of the 306 victims are expected to be in attendance to hear the names of the fallen read aloud as candles are lit.

The vigil is sponsored by the Institute for Violence Research and Prevention (IVRP), Office of Institutional Diversity and the Office of Mission. The IVRP brings an interdisciplinary approach to the study of violence in order to improve intervention and prevention efforts. The Institute seeks to foster partnerships with other Philadelphia and regional institutions, community groups and non-profit organizations with the goal of integrating comprehensive research into all aspects of violent behavior with feasible programs to reduce and prevent violence.

“It is significant for us to be marking our fifth year,” said Maria Kefalas, Ph.D., director of the IVRP and professor of sociology. “We have witnessed a decline in homicides, but there is still so much to do. The vigil reminds us that these homicides are more than statistics. This is a crisis that requires a massive response.”

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Kelly Welsh, Director of Communications for the College of Arts and Sciences, University Communications, 610-660-1385,

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