The public is invited to attend the thirteenth annual Victims’ Rights Luncheon hosted by the Platte County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. The free luncheon will be held at Noon on Thursday, April 12, at the Platte County Resource Center, 11724 NW Plaza Circle, Kansas City, Missouri 64153.
The luncheon is part of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, which runs from April 8 through April 14. Platte County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Zahnd’s office has hosted an event as part of the national observance since 2006.
Zahnd said, “I hope we can fill the room with people willing to support people who have suffered as a result of crime. We will enjoy lunch together and hear important stories about how senseless criminal acts can affect each one of us.”
Landis Shippert will speak at the luncheon. He is the father of Alissa Shippert, who was murdered in 2011 in Platte County by Quintin O’Dell. O’Dell is serving life in prison without the possibility of parole for that murder and the assault of another woman on Christmas in 2011. The case against O’Dell was recently featured on an episode of “On the Case with Paula Zahn” on the Investigation Discovery network
The luncheon will also feature the presentation of the thirteenth Annual Sara Andrasek Memorial Award, which recognizes particularly outstanding service to crime victims.
Andrasek was pregnant with her first child when she was raped and murdered. Zahnd’s office and the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department were in the final stages of preparing a death penalty case against Wayne Dumond for his crimes when Dumond died while in custody.
If you have any questions about the event, please feel free to contact Tanya Faherty at (816) 858-3476.
Eric G. Zahnd
Platte County Prosecuting Attorney
415 Third St., Suite 60
Platte City, Missouri 64079