This Tuesday, the public is invited to join together at the Kleberg County Courthouse steps for a candlelight vigil to honor children who have been victims of physical abuse.

The vigil, which is held every April in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month, is joint sponsored by the Kleberg County Child Welfare Board, the Brush Country Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

“In small towns like Kingsville, I think that a lot of people believe that (child abuse) doesn’t happen here,” Nicole Ortegon, the outreach coordinator for Brush Country CASA, said. “It does, and in 2018 we even had one child death from abuse and neglect right here in our backyard.

“So this isn’t a Houston or San Antonio problem. This is a Kingsville problem. It’s an ‘everywhere’ problem, and we need to bring awareness to it.”

Several speakers representing the City of Kingsville, Kleberg County, CPS, Brush Country CASA and more will speak during the event before attendees are asked to “break the cycle of abuse” by activating glowsticks as first responder vehicles sound their sirens.

The candlelight vigil will be held Tuesday, April 23, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in front of the Kleberg County Courthouse located at 700 E. Kleberg Ave.

Anthony Ruiz can be contacted at or (361) 221-0251.

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