Salt Lake City

City to Honor, Remember Gun Violence Victims with Daffodil Planting


October 11, 2103
Contact: Art Raymond

City to Honor, Remember Gun Violence Victims with Daffodil Planting

SALT LAKE CITY – Mayor Ralph Becker, Council Chairman Kyle LaMalfa, Police Chief Chris Burbank, Fire Chief Kurt Cook and community members will gather at the new Public Safety Building, 475 S. 300 East, on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 10:30 a.m. to take part in the annual daffodil planting in support of YWCA’s Week Without Violence. The daffodils honor gun violence victims and serve as symbols of hope for the community.

This year’s planting will focus on the affect of gun violence on families. Janet Wagner, a local resident and mother whose daughter was shot and killed last year, will share her story.

“The impact of gun violence is far reaching, devastating families and impairing communities,” said Mayor Becker. “Through prevention and education strategies, we can work together to prevent the senseless injury caused by gun violence.”

Mayor Becker, Councilman LaMalfa, Chief Burbank and Ms. Wagner will be joined at the planting by representatives of YWCA Utah, Gun Violence Prevention Center and Salt Lake City Police and Fire Departments.

The YWCA Week Without Violence, held the third week of October each year, raises awareness of violence in homes and communities. The annual commemoration has become a global campaign involving women, men and children in hundreds of communities across the nation and in countries around the world.

For more information about this year’s Daffodil Planting event or to learn more about Week Without Violence activities, visit  

EVENT:              Daffodil planting in conjunction with YWCA’s Week Without Violence

WHO:               Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker
                        Salt Lake City Council Chairman Kyle LaMalfa
                        Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank
                        Salt Lake City Fire Chief Kurt Cook
                        Janet Wagner, mother of gun violence victim
                        Keri Jones, chief program officer, YWCA
                        Dee Rowland, chair, Gun Violence Prevention Center of Utah
WHEN:             Tuesday, Oct. 15
                        10:30 a.m.

WHERE:            New Public Safety Building
                        475 S. 300 East, Salt Lake City
                        (Meet at southwest corner of building along 500 S.)