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SCVRJ holds a walk to remember loved ones

Randy and Bobbi Spence view the poster depicting their daughter Alyssa Spence, who passed away in 2003, at age 21. She was hit by a drunk driver. The Spences hope that raising awareness may help prevent others from driving drunk.

About 75 people gathered Saturday evening, Aug. 3, near the White Pathway to remember their loved ones who died tragically through the annual Walk for Awareness sponsored by the St. Croix Valley Restorative Justice Program. The event, honoring the lives of those lost and raising awareness of untimely deaths with such causes as car accidents, drunk driving, homicide, suicide and drug overdose.

Event-goers walked the White Pathway with luminaries in hand, and paused to view posters depicting lost loved ones. Participants could place their luminaries at the base of posters to honor the lost one pictured.

The event was hosted by St. Croix Valley Restorative Justice, with help form from sponsors including Allina Hospitals and The River Falls Clinic, food donations Bos and Mine, and various businesses that donated door prizes.

Gretta Stark

Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.

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