Non-Profit Reinvents Itself to Heal Crime Victims

Updated: 01/02/2013 7:49 AM KSTP.com By: Nick Winkler

The Ben Doran Foundation was formed after Doran, a 15-year-old, was beaten to death by gang members nearly 10 years ago in St. Paul.

The foundation raises money and reaches out to those who have lost loved ones to homicide.

But as a new year dawns, the foundation is aiming to increase the impact it has on healing victims of crime. The foundation will now be known as the Minnesota Homicide Resource Center.

By changing the name, Doran's mother and step-father hope to broaden its reach and help more people. It'll attempt to do so by educating victims, prosecutors, and judges about the state's crime victim bill of rights.

Advocates say crime victims are often not aware of the financial and emotional help they are entitled to after losing a loved one.

The Minnesota Homicide Resource Center hopes to change that and further honor Ben Doran's memory.