Memorial wall honoring violence victims being assembled

By Matt Porter
By Amy Lipman

Memorial wall honoring violence victims being assembled

March 29, 2013 Updated Apr 2, 2013 at 11:03 AM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) At the end of every April, the names and faces of 130 local crime victims are displayed at the Oakdale Mall for National Crime Victims Rights week.

This year, it's starting a little early. A piece of the crime victim memorial wall is already on display at the Broome County Library.

It was put up Friday afternoon, three weeks before it will become a part of the completed memorial in the Oakdale Mall.

The mini-wall features eight of the 130 homicide victims that will be remembered.

Raini Baudendistel, executive director of the Crime Victims Assistance Center, said assembling smaller walls early helps spread the word about the issue.

"It's very sad, but it brings it home to people and it makes it real that this is not just something you read about in the paper," Baudendistel said. "This is affecting people in our community everyday."

The wall lists the victims' names along with their dates of birth and death surrounded by photographs and memorabilia from their lives.

"As many years as I've been doing it, still putting it up and taking it down is very emotional," Baudendistel said. "I think you get caught up in the stories, the mementos people leave at the wall for their loved ones who've been lost."

Four other mini-walls will be erected around the city until they are put together at the Oakdale Mall on April 19.

"Really the purpose behind having the walls out in the community is just to raise awareness about what goes on in our community," Baudensitel said, "To make people aware that there is interpersonal violence that happens here."

The other mini-walls will be at the Binghamton City Hall, Binghamton University, and the Wilson and Binghamton General hospitals.

This year's National Crime Victims Rights Week is April 21 through April 27, 2013.