Lecture to address effects of homicide on families of victims, offenders

Western Carolina University will host a lecture on the effects of homicide from noon until 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, in the A.K. Hinds University Center theater.

Megan Smith, a murder victim family member, and Scott Bass, state coordinator of Murder Victims’ Families for Reconciliation, will be speaking about their personal experiences with the effects of violence on the families of victims and on the families of offenders in a lecture titled “Voices of Experience: The Personal Impact of Homicide.”

Smith will speak from the viewpoint of a murder victim family member; her father and stepmother were murdered. Bass has extensive experience working with family members of murder victims, as well as family members of individuals on death row.

The WCU department of criminology and criminal justice and department of social work are coordinating the event.

For more information, contact Cyndy Caravelis Hughes, assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice, at 828-227-2165 or by e-mail at caravelis@wcu.edu.