Written by Clarke Kent
It is all too easy for me to miss others whose paths we occasionally cross. I just briefly want to mention several people who inspired me with their own dedication, strength, and conviction in pursuit of the same justice. In attending the Victims’ Rights Ceremony last Thursday night, my journey crossed paths with investigators, prosecutors, and victims and for a brief hour I absorbed the sharing of the passions in their pursuits. I saw the passion and sympathy that Sgt. David Ford painfully expressed to the assembly and I know that he is a quality person and dedicated officer. His brief talk said it all. his passion and pursuit helped convict a rapist in an old cold case. What a great story and thank you Sgt. Ford for your investigative ability.
I was introduced to Harvey Bryant, the Commonwealth Attorney, and Colin Stolle, the Chief Deputy Commonwealth Attorney. Both men exuded confidence that justice will be served and it certainly made me happy we were on the same team.
And lastly, but certainly an important element in the pursuit of justice, is the victims’ advocate. I had a brief conversation with Sarah Hess, the president of the Virginia Beach chapter or Parents of Murdered Children. Her son was murdered prior to Shellie and she helps parents through the warp that only people in this group understand. Bill speaks fondly of her work. She reads all my posts on our blog and said that she likes what she reads. Bill also mentioned that she examines the Virginian Pilot daily for victims that she may be able to help.
Justice understand that there are many people working. Some together, some separate, but they are linked together on the main path to finding justice for victims of violent crimes. Justice focuses on keeping a spot light on Shellie’s case, while understanding that others are also working in conjunction to acquire the same goals for all victims.