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Shoes sought for murder victim vigil

Shoes are being sought as part of a vigil to remember homicide victims Thursday in Spokane County.

The shoes are to be placed on the lawn Friday next to the Law Enforcement Memorial to reflect the number of people impacted by homicide.

“I am in dire need of shoes,” Spokane County victim/witness coordinator Annette Ingham said today.

Gently used pairs of shoes from boots to flip-flops can be dropped off at the Spokane County Prosecutor's Office in the Public Safety Building, the Broadway Center Building at 721 N. Jefferson St., Lutheran Community Services at 210 W. Sprague Ave., and the YWCA at 930 N. Monroe St.

Donated shoes can also be brought to the vigil, which is scheduled from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday in the Spokane County Public Works Building next to the courthouse.

The shoes will be donated to Volunteers of America after the display on Friday, Ingham said.

The annual event is part of the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims and is sponsored by the victim/witness unit of the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office.

Since 1951, the unit has documented 616 murders, vehicular homicides, manslaughters and “unsolved violent crimes” in Spokane County, according to a news release.

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