Wyandotte County community, families of fallen victims, and community officials will come together to remember those who have lost their lives to homicide in 2018. The Crime Awareness Coordinating Effort (C.A.C.E.), a free program of Friends of Yates will hold its Twentieth Annual Memorial/Candle Lighting Service & Forum in recognition of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. This Service will be co-sponsored by the Kansas City Kansas Police Department’s Victim Services Unit, along with the Wyandotte County Office of the District Attorney’s Victim Assistance Program.
The Crime Awareness Coordinating Effort (C.A.C.E.) was developed in response to the death of a ten year old girl in Kansas City, Kansas. This tragic event created great concern throughout the Kansas City, Kansas community. A forum was called by Friends of Yates and members of the Baptist Minister’s Union on October 27, 1998 to bring together local businesses, law enforcement personnel, community leaders and concerned citizens to begin the dialogue about how crime was plaguing the Kansas City, Kansas community. More important, Friends of Yates wanted to challenge community leaders to collaborate and design a strong plan to address violence in the area. Through the efforts of Friends of Yates a collaborative partnership was formed and became known as the Crime Awareness Coordinating Effort (C.A.C.E.).