Survivors of Homicide Victims Awareness Month wrapped up Sunday night with a Candlelight Vigil outside New Bedford City Hall.

Organizers say the event is to remember those slain by gun violence, and honor their survivors who live with their loss everyday.

Last night's event honored Donald DePina, the former New Bedford Veterans Agent gunned down last month in Brooklawn Park during an apparent robbery.

DePina's sister, Dolly O'Neil, says Donald never put himself first. "Donald did take care of everyone, but he didn't take care of himself. He always said i come last, my family comes first," said O'Neil.

Jim Phillips TSM
Jim Phillips TSM

City Council President Brian Gomes said it was tragic that one of DePina's accused killers had escaped from a secure group home only days before DePina was shot.

"We've got to make sure that our agencies is doing what they have to do in this state and in this country to make sure these people are put away somewhere where they can be kept and not hurt anybody," said Gomes.

Gomes said he and Councilors Carney and Rebeiro would get to work to include Donald DePina's name on the plaque honoring deceased Vietnam Veterans outside City Hall.

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