Vigil for crime victims on anniversary of Anesa Baker’s death

Mobile County

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — It’s National Crime Victims’ Rights Week across the country. In Mobile, families of victims gathered in Mardi Gras Park Thursday evening honoring their loved ones.

Anesa Baker was shot in the Grand Hall Shooting. She died just 10 days later on April 11, 2018.

Anesa’s Mom, Valeria Baker said, “I don’t know what to say it’s been a long hard year.” 

Valeria never expected she’d be at this vigil. She said, “You never know when death will come knocking at your door which I never would have imagined Anesa would have been shot and killed.”

The vigil taking place during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week brings families together honoring those we’ve lost. Valeria said, “I know how they feel. I just actually literally know how they feel now.” 

Public Safety Director James Barber was one of the city leaders in attendance. He said, “To ignore the data, to ignore the violent crime that’s happening and do nothing is absolutely ridiculous. To think that law enforcement can fix it by themselves is unrealistic. We’ve got to engage the entire community, not in a decisive way, but in a unifying way to deal with violent crime.”

Valeria Baker says change needs to start with our youth. She said, “The only way we can stop it really is we have to start with our youth because a lot of them are the ones that are committing the crimes.”


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