Berkshire County should be proud of its citizens’ commitment to honoring victims of drunk driving crashes. My husband and I attended the 25th Annual Candlelight Vigil sponsored by the Berkshire District Attorney’s office on Sunday, Dec. 2. Our daughter Erin Dufour was killed in Sandisfield on March 18, 2009. She was one of 47 people honored during a moving and solemn vigil of remembrance and hope.
District Attorney David Capeless welcomed family and friends of victims. The names of victims were read as family members lit vigil candles, assisted by State Troopers Brian Berkel and Jean Thibodeau. Members of the District Attorney’s Youth Advisory Board read the poem "When Tomorrow Starts Without me," dedicated to the victims and the Grace Notes a capella group from Miss Hall’s School provided music. Charlotte Avery was pianist. The event and a reception afterward was organized by members of the D.A.’s staff, and held at St. Stephen’s Church.
We do not live in Berkshire County but our daughter was killed there and we return often to visit her crash site. We also spent a good deal of time with the D.A. ‘s office, especially with our victim advocate, Patricia Turner, during the legal process.
We are so grateful to all who donated their time and talents to acknowledge and honor our daughter and to represent all the victims of drunk driving crashes in Berkshire County. Our only hope is that next time we attend, there will not be a new name on the list.