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Hub City recognizes Crime Victims' Rights Week, Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny Dupree signs one of two proclamations at City Hall Thursday. Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny Dupree signs one of two proclamations at City Hall Thursday.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

The City of Hattiesburg is hoping people will remember the victims of crime in the area in the coming weeks.

Thursday, Mayor Johnny Dupree issued two proclamations - one recognizing April 22-28 as Crime Victims' Rights Week and another marking the entire month of April
as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. 

Dupree signed the documents at a ceremony at City Hall, where he was joined by police officers, crime victim advocates and command staff from Camp Shelby. 

That ceremony came just three days after five people were shot at Cucos Restaurant. The alleged gunman, 44-year-old Scott Tyner, is in jail facing five counts of aggravated assault. 

"I think the public has a heightened awareness of victims of crime because of what happened and so, I guess in that light, it's a good time for us to make them even more aware by signing these proclamations," said Mayor Dupree. 

Two of the shooting victims have been released from the hospital. Two others are in good condition and another has been upgraded from critical to serious condition.     

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