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The Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office is inviting citizens to participate in its annual candlelight vigil recognizing National Victims' Rights Week at the Law Enforcement Complex on Monday, April 16.

The event will start at 6 p.m. at the LEC at 1520 Ellis Ave. in Orangeburg.

At previous Victims' Rights vigils, Sheriff Leroy Ravenell has stressed the importance of making healthy dating choices and making smart relationship decisions.

"An intimate relationship is not an agreement to be abused or violated, and we have to teach our parents, siblings and children that violence has no place in dating," Ravenell has said. 

"The difference (at this year's vigil) is we have speakers that include a victim of domestic violence. It was a horrific incident in which she was beaten multiple times over the course of a night," said Richard Walker, OCSO spokesman.

Another speaker at Monday's vigil will be mother of one of the four victims killed in a home invasion in Holly Hill, Walker said.

"The July 15, 2015 home invasion and quadruple homicide included the shooting of three children, which shocked the community," he said.

The public is encouraged to attend.

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