On the evening of Friday, March 11th – the second anniversary of Kate’s death –a vigil was held in front of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. to remember Kate and all other Peace Corps Volunteers who have fallen victim to murder, rape, or assault. Speakers included Richard Day (the Peace Corps Regional Director for Africa), Jessica Smochek (a former PCV & survivor), and Lois Puzey, Kate’s mother.  The vigil ended by reading the names of Peace Corps Volunteer victims and holding a moment of silence.

In honor of Kate and continuance of last year’s tradition, supporters both in DC and elsewhere were encouraged to also take some positive action that embodied her spirit—reaching out to family or friends, helping someone in need, or taking a stand for a just cause. This follows the vigils and day of service that were held on March 11th, 2010, the first anniversary of Kate’s death.

Vigil Photos: