Earlier tonight, Washoe County observed National Crime Victims' Rights Week with a special awards ceremony and candlelight vigil.

The event was held at the Mills B. Lane Justice Center in downtown Reno, where members of the community gathered to recognize survivors of crime, and those who help them.

"It's a way to bring respect and honor to victims of crime and their families while also recognizing the unsung heroes in our community who serve those victims every single day," said Justine Hernandez, the Chair for the Alliance for Victims' Rights.

At the ceremony, ten people from different disciplines were awarded for going above and beyond in serving these victims and their families. The honorees ranged from volunteers to business owners throughout the community.

At dusk, a candlelight vigil was held outside to remember those who have been impacted by crime.