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To the Family Services’ Crimes Victims Assistance Program and Battered Women’s Services, which hosted a ceremony Tuesday that featured a reading of names of 160 people who died in Dutchess County or who have family in the county — community members who have lost their lives to violence.

The event is being held as part of the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims, which honors the memory of victims of homicide and acknowledges the long-term trauma caused to victims’ families.

People signed white ribbons with their loved ones’ names or inspirational quotations and posted photographs or hung shirts with the person’s name or picture. were read to a nearly silent crowd.

“This is an important and solemn event that we hope will provide some degree of solace for those loved ones left behind in the wake of horrific loss,” Family Services CEO Brian Doyle said in a statement.