On Wednesday night, the Bienville Parish D.A.R.T. (Domestic Abuse Resistance Team), in conjunction with Men Standing Strong Against Domestic Violence, held a vigil at Arcadia’s Town Hall.
During the month of October, each of the seven parishes served by D.A.R.T. holds a candlelight vigil. At this ceremony, the names of people whose lives were ended by domestic violence is read aloud, and there is a moment of silence to remember these men, women and children who were murdered by a loved one.
Speakers at the event included Bienville Parish Sheriff’s Captain Micah Crawford, Pastor Craig Jenkins, Arcadia Mayor O’Landis Millican, the Grambling Chapter of Omega Psi Fi fraternity, Rural Parish Supervisor and Legal Advocate Wanda James, and Bienville Parish Rural Advocate Sharolyn Boston.
Sergeant Robert Skapura of the Bienville Parish Sheriff’s Department provided a law enforcement perspective of the parish.
Tommy Clark Jr., Chief of Police and Superintendent of Safety Services for the City of Grambling, gave an overview of domestic violence in the state.
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