Special memorial service and candlelighting for homicide victims to be April 27

The 16th annual Memorial Service and Candlelighting for Crime Victims’ Rights Week will be held on Monday, April 27.

The event will bring the Wyandotte County community, families of fallen victims and community officials together to remember those who have lost their lives to homicide in 2014, a spokesman said.

The event is free and open to the public, a spokesman said.

The Crime Awareness Coordinating Effort (C.A.C.E.), a program service of Friends of Yates Inc., and co-sponsored by the Wyandotte County District Attorney’s Victim Services Unit, will sponsor the event, which will be held at the Forest Grove Baptist Church, 1417 N. 9th St., Kansas City, Kan. The Rev. Desmond Lamb is pastor of the church.

The event begins with a light dinner from 5 to 6 p.m., followed by the program from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

The Crime Awareness Coordinating Effort (C.A.C.E.) was developed after the death of a 10- year-old girl in Kansas City, Kan., about 17 years ago. This tragic event created great concern throughout the Kansas City, Kan., community, a spokesman said.

The spokesman said that in response to the outrage, a forum was called by Friends of Yates Inc. and members of the Baptist Minister’s Union on Oct. 27, 1998, to bring together local businesses, law enforcement personnel, community leaders and concerned citizens to begin the dialogue about how crime was hurting the Kansas City, Kan., community.

More important, Friends of Yates Inc. wanted to challenge these community leaders to design a strong plan to address the violence in the area, the spokesman said. Through the efforts of Friends of Yates Inc.; a collaborative partnership was formed and became known as the Crime Awareness Coordinating Effort (C.A.C.E.).

This year’s memorial service will remember the 38 victims of homicide, serve as a support system for victims’ families and educate the Wyandotte County community on the progress made to diminish the threat of violence throughout the community, the spokesman said.

This year’s guests will include District Attorney Jerome Gorman, KCK Police Chief Terry Zeigler, Sheriff Don Ash and Vivian Van Vleet, Kansas U.S. Attorney’s Office Victim Witness coordinator. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information about this and other programs and services sponsored by Friends of Yates Inc., or for ways to support, volunteer or donate to the agency; contact the administrative office at 913-321-1566 or visit the website at www.friendsofyates.org.

Former county clerk dies

Edward J. Mayfield, 82, former Wyandotte County clerk, died April 14.

Mayfield was the county clerk from 1969 to 1979, and from 1993 until 2000. He also was active in community organizations, including St. John’s Catholic Club and as a 3&2 and CYO coach.

He leaves his wife, Mary Elaine, nine children, 21 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, April 19, at the Cathedral of St. Peter, Kansas City, Kan. The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday, April 20, at the Cathedral of St. Peter, Kansas City, Kan. Porter Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Chance of storms, rain increases this weekend

Highest chances of rain and storms today and tonight (National Weather Service graphic)
Highest chances of rain and storms today and tonight (National Weather Service graphic)

Thunderstorm chances will slowly increase today, starting this afternoon, the National Weather Service said.

No severe thunderstorms are expected, however, according to the weather service.

During the next few days, heavy rains leading to local flooding is possible, the weather service said.

Today, the chance of thunderstorms is 30 percent, mainly after 2 p.m., according to the weather service. The high will be near 76, with a southeast wind of 6 to 9 mph.

Tonight, expect a 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1 a.m., according to the weather service. The low will be around 59, with a southeast wind of 5 to 8 mph. A tenth to a quarter of an inch of rain is possible.

For Saturday, the forecast is a high near 67 with an 80 percent chance of rain, the weather service said. Between three quarters and one inch of rain is possible.

Saturday night, there is a 50 percent chance of rain and storms, with a low of 56, the weather service said.

Sunday, there will be a 70 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, with a high near 66, according to the weather service. Between a quarter and a half-inch of rain is possible.

Sunday night’s low will be around 43, according to the weather service.

Saturday precipitation (National Weather Service graphic)
Saturday precipitation (National Weather Service graphic)

Rainfall through Sunday (National Weather Service graphic)
Rainfall through Sunday (National Weather Service graphic)

Sunday severe weather outlook (National Weather Service graphic)
Sunday severe weather outlook (National Weather Service graphic)