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Homicide

Criminal homicide is the unlawful killing of another.

  • Manslaughter- the unlawful killing of another without malice
  • Murder- the unlawful killing of another human being with intent, malice, or malice aforethought
  • Included is the non-violent offense of controlled substance homicide

Homicide is devastating for families and friends of the loved one who was murdered. The grief process will not be the same as it might be for someone who died in another way. There are many complications in the bereavement because of the violence involved in a homicide such as:

  • The victim’s relationship with their family and friends.
  • The sudden, violent way in which the death occurs.
  • There is a belief that the people left behind eventually “just need to get on with life”.
  • Financial strain on those left behind

The community in which the victim was part of is also affected. Not only could the victim have had relationships with the community but there also fear that they may be in danger too. Sometimes there is a disregard for the impact of the crime on the community as it rallies to assist the family.

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Testimonials

"With the help of VSS, you are empowered and encouraged to fight back and be pro-active. Then your conscience can be more at peace because you know you have taken some action to protest crimes inflicted on your loved one. It is sometimes your only consolation."

“The one takeaway for me in working with VSS is that it is a necessary organization. I know they are funded by grants and fundraisers but it’s something we need to make sure as a community that they have the funding needed because what they do for people in need doesn’t happen anywhere else. This is the only place that this happens and VSS helps with so many things.”

David Rose

Anchor, Q13 News and Host, Washington’s Most Wanted

“VSS is there when the unthinkable happens.  When a police officer knocks on your door and gives you tragic news, VSS helps navigate the court system, which can be very confusing. VSS is compassion, caring, and commitment. Commitment to once justice is done that victims and their families can move forward with their lives.”

Mark Roe

Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney

“When we can have VSS there with us working with people so they are getting taken care of, you feel like the whole system and community is more responsive. VSS can actually really work with and bond with the victims in ways that we can’t because of the volume we deal with.”

Jennifer Gregerson

Mayor, City of Mukilteo

“VSS has been our partner in recovery and healing and a key part in what makes Mukilteo Strong. VSS has been a trusted advocate for the victims that have suffered so much in the community.  I’m so grateful to VSS as our partner in strength.”

Jon Nehring

Mayor, City of Marysville

“VSS is there for people in their darkest hour. At a time when they need an advocate and friend, VSS steps in to fill that gap and help them begin their journey back to some sense of normalcy.” 

Myrle Carner

Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound

“This thing about closure. There is never really closure in a victim’s life but VSS helps individuals to get closer to that and that’s critical because the cops and the judicial system just move on to another case because they don’t have time. Victims live with this trauma forever so VSS is with them for as long as they need the services. VSS takes the time, more importantly, they really care."

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