A candlelight vigil is being held in downtown Reno to honor and remember people affected by criminal violence. 

The 'Alliance for Victims' Rights' has held the candlelight vigil and awards ceremony for 16 years now. The events are part of 'National Crime Victims' Rights Week.'

Organizers say events like these show victims that people want to help - and they aren't being forgotten. "It's helpful for victims. Maybe even those who haven't reported to see that there are people out in our community who are still caring about crime victims and who want to make a difference," says Kari Ramos.

Inside the Justice Center in downtown Reno, things got started with an awards ceremony honoring those people in our community who work with victims of violence.

The Alliance for Victims' Rights says there are more than 10,000 victim services around the country, but a lot of work still needs to be done.

Right now, more than 50% of crimes go unreported and fewer than 20% of victims get the services they need.

After the awards ceremony, more than 200 people are expected to join in for the candelight vigil.

Written by Adam Rasmussen