When I walked into the Mennonite Quilt Center Museum on the afternoon of March 27, nothing could have prepared me for the exhibit on display.

The "Victims' Memorial Quilts" were on display at the museum through April 1.  The only way to describe this particular set of quilts- each of which displayed the names and photos of more than 400 people who have been killed through some form of violent crime, was overwhelming, somber, and eye opening. 

There was information at the entrance of the museum explaining how the victims quilts came about and why its an important display. 

According to information from The Crime Victim's Assistance Center, the idea for the Memorial Quilts was initiated in 1994. 

They memorialize over 400 victims who have lost their lives to a violent crime. It is also a reminder of the family and friends and other victims whose lives have been forever changed by crime. 

 I would like to thank the Mennonite Quilt Center for inviting me over every time they have a new exhibit on display. Thank you for always being courteous when I'm there. You ladies are doing a wonderful job of representing your community, keep up the great work.

Working for the Exponent, I have the opportunity to meet interesting people around town.  

The people I'm about to mention truly made me believe I was seeing double. I first met Albert Rodriguez back in September during Reedley Fire's annual open house. For those who don't know, Albert works as an EMT for Sequoia Safety Council. Albert was at the open house representing the ambulance company and I was there covering the event. 

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