The Crime Victims’ Rights Council of El Paso partnered with the City of El Paso, Yucca Neighborhood Association and private donors to create the Crime Victims’ Memorial Reading Garden to commemorate the victims of violent crime, including drunk-driving crashes, and law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty from the El Paso community. The Crime Victims’ Memorial Reading Garden is located between the Judge Edward Marquez Library and Yucca Park. The Crime Victims’ Memorial Reading Garden serves as a site not only for children and library patrons to use, but as a gathering place for families to remember their loved ones.
Boulder, Colorado artist Ken Bernstein designed the Crime Victims’ Memorial entitled “Remembrance” as an art piece that includes granite insets for engraving the names of crime victims whose names will be added annually during a memorial ceremony.
Donated benches surrounding the Crime Victims’ Memorial are dedicated to our crime victims. One of the benches honors the memory of Donna Villareal-Ruiz whose dedication to the Council, crime victims and this project is beyond measure. Donna and her adult probation agency, West Texas Community Supervision and Corrections Department (WTCSCD), made the Memorial project possible by sponsoring a program that allowed for a majority of the funding.
The Memorial would not be a reality without the vision and support of the late Adult Probation (WTCSCD) Director Steve Enders and former City Representative Steve Ortega.
Memorial Reading Garden Victims
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Memorial Victims List
To make a donation to this project, please send your check or money order payable to:
CVRC Memorial Fund
1308 East Rio Grande Avenue
El Paso, Texas 79902