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Homicide survivors support group formed

POUGHKEEPSIE – The Family Services Crime Victims Assistance Program has formed the Hudson Valley’s first support group specifically for the survivors of homicide victims.

The announcement comes days after a homicide in Poughkeepsie, the ambush shooting deaths of two firemen by a crazed gunman near Rochester, and two weeks after a gunman killed 26 people including 20 small children at a Newtown, CT elementary school.

Family Services CEO Brian Doyle said the timing of the new program is coincidental to the recent violence, but it points up the need for the service.

“We need to recognize and support the continued trauma that survivors, family members and friends, of people who have been killed; what they carry with them and the ways in which our support and the support of the entire community,” Doyle said.

The new group will meet at 6 p.m. on the first Monday of every month at Family Services’ North Annex Building at 29 North Hamilton Street in Poughkeepsie.

There were 770 homicides in New York State in 201, seven of which occurred in Dutchess County, according to the State Department of Criminal Justice.