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Candi Richardson, ACLU-MS, 

May 13, 2024

MISSISSIPPI -  Today, ACLU of Mississippi Board President, Crystal L. Welch was named as one of three victims in a homicide over the weekend. ACLU MS Executive Director, Jarvis Dortch, has issued the following statement: 

"I just cannot process today’s news. Crystal was a great friend and since 2023, she was an enthusiastic leader of the ACLU of Mississippi Board of Directors.  She was always asking what more she could do to support our team and our work.  Our staff and board will forever be grateful for her commitment to equality and justice. Her passion for life, infectious spirit and enthusiasm will be missed. 

On behalf of ACLU of Mississippi, I would like to express our heartfelt condolences to Crystal’s family during this unthinkable time. We urge the community to join us in sending prayers to the Welch family."