The names of three infants whose deaths years ago were ruled homicides just this year will be read at the vigil.
WARREN -- The 17th annual candlelight vigil to commemorate all victims of violent crimes is set for 7 p.m. Monday.
The event, which is sponsored by the Parents of Murdered Children and the Victim/Survivor Coalition, will take place at First United Methodist Church, 309 North Park Ave. in downtown Warren.
"No one wants their loved one to be forgotten and this vigil allows us to help keep their spirit alive," said Miriam Fife, a victims- witness advocate with the Trumbull County prosecutors office.
"This is one day out of the year we can all come together and remember our loved ones."
Fife noted that the names of the victims of homicide from the past year will be read and all attending will have an opportunity to light a candle in their loved one's name.
"I am also going to read the names of the three babies that died several years ago but whose deaths were just ruled a homicide this year," Fife said. "If no one shows up to light a candle in their behalf, then I will."
Woman facing charges
Gloria Greenfield, 52, of Robbins Avenue is facing three counts of first-degree murder. She is accused of killing her three infants, Melissa in 1969, Theodore II in 1970 and Regina Woods in 1971.
Niles police and the county coroner's office reopened the case last year. Greenfield has pleaded innocent to the charges.
At the time the children died, coroner officials said the deaths were attributed to sudden infant death syndrome.
The county coroner's office has now ruled that Regina's and Theodore's deaths were caused by asphyxia. Melissa's is listed as undetermined.
"I think it's important all the victims -- no matter how young or old -- are properly remembered," Fife said. "This year's theme is Bringing Honor to Victims, and that is what we want to do."
Judge Ronald Rice of Eastern District Court in Brookfield will speak during the event.
The public is invited and refreshments will be served.