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LOCKPORT – Brianna O’Donnell, a Wilson High School senior, has been awarded a $250 scholarship by the Victim Assistance Unit of the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff James Voutour told The Buffalo News.

He said the scholarship money was donated by a former Niagara County resident in memory of the man’s daughter, who recently passed away and had been a victim of domestic violence. The sheriff said the donor wished to remain anonymous.

The Sheriff’s Office took part in ceremonies commemorating National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, which was observed April 21 to 27 this year.

The sheriff said nationwide ceremonies were conducted to acknowledge the 21 million Americans directly harmed by crime each year and to call attention to the impact crime has on the loved ones of victims. The week also celebrated the hard work of victim service providers who care for the needs of crime victims.

Voutour said he and his entire office remain committed to respecting and enforcing victims’ right and addressing their needs.

The sheriff said Niagara County crime victims or residents who know of crime victims can contact his Victim Assistance Unit at 438-3306.