Families gather to remember crime victims

SPANISH FORT, Ala. (WALA) -Alabama’s attorney general is due in the Mobile area Thursday night for a special event to remember crime victims.

Luther Strange is scheduled to speak at the “Candlelight on the Delta” crime vigil at the Five Rivers Delta Resource Center in Spanish Fort.

Last year’s vigil was held at the center April 23.

Baldwin County District Attorney Hallie Dixon has helped organize the events.

She said, “It connects folks who have gone through it and it lets them lend each other strength and support.”


Tracy Goens will be there.

Her father, Bobby Wilson,  owned Wilson’s Service Center in Spanish Fort.

Wilson died after being beaten in a robbery seven years ago.

Goens says its important that crime victims have a way to remember their loved ones.

She said, “You want to talk about them.  You want to bring that picture out and look at that smile and look at their eyes and know that they were a great person.”

Dixon said, “I think that’s one reason its so important to me, is that I know that, for me personally, essentially, God and other victims, other people who knew:   that’s how you get through the darkest days.”


There have been three trials, but no one’s been convicted of Wilson’s death.

Goens and other family members now run the business.

She honors her father by putting his picture on one of the station’s tow trucks.

And, she’ll honor him Thursday night by going to the vigil.

Goens said, “I can’t control what happened to my father.  Its horrible, but, I can control how I let it effect me, so, I wanted to make something positive come out of this.”

The candlelight vigil runs from 6 pm until 8 p.m.

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