Local crime victims recognized by LCSO during National Crime Victims’ Rights week
JoAnn Kilpatrick remembers vividly the last cup of coffee she had with her son.
Andres Kilpatrick had gotten up earlier than usual, excited about heading to work at Labor Finders on Brevard Street. Mother and son enjoyed a cup of coffee together before he left.
“We left with the bond of love,” she recalled Monday at a Leon County Sheriff’s Office event kicking off National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. “That cup of coffee and that conversation will always stay within my heart.”
The next thing she heard about her son, he was being rushed to the hospital for surgery after being stabbed. Then Kilpatrick got the news. Her son had passed.
Anthony Jean and Andres Kilpatrick were slap boxing in the parking lot of the day labor agency before what seemed playful escalated into a stabbing. Jean was convicted of second-degree murder in April 2015 and sentenced to 35 years in prison.
Kilpatrick had mixed emotions at Monday’s ceremony.
“The most important thing is I know he’s resting. He’s not suffering,” she said. “He’s resting.”
Sheriff Walt McNeil joined the Kilpatrick family. To signify the agency’s commitment to victims, they together tied a yellow ribbon around a tree at LCSO’s Municipal Way headquarters.
“We in law enforcement want to send a message to all the victims, first and foremost, that you are never forgotten,” he said.
“(We) rededicate ourselves this week to fighting that great fight not only to fight crime but to send a message to victims like the Kilpatrick family here that we’re with you. After the event, during the event, and if you allow us to be, for the rest of your life and your families’ life.”
The Leon County Sheriff’s Office has a jam-packed week of events as part of the National Crime Victims’ Awareness Week.
Candlelight vigil, 6 p.m. Waller Park, hosted by LCSO, the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council and Refuge House.
Victim Rights Week awards ceremony with Attorney General Ashley Moody, 10 a.m., Florida Cabinet meeting room
Presentation of Sheets for survivors at LCSO, 10 a.m., 2825 Municipal Way
Refuge House Sexual Assault Awareness Month survivor speak-out, 6-8 p.m., TCC Workforce Development Center, 444 Appleyard Dr.
Subs with the Sheriff, 6-8 p.m., Firehouse Subs, 1426 W Tennessee St. Sheriff Walt McNeil will be making subs special order. Mention of the Crime Victims’ Rights Week sends 10% of proceeds will go to victims and survivors in Leon County.
National healing Vigil Day of Action, Noon-2 p.m., Lake Ella gazebo
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