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Crime investigator, victim advocate receive awards

JOHN FITZHUGH/SUN HERALD 
 Kara Tye accepts the National Crime Victim' Rights Week Community Service award during their Candlelight Ceremony at First Baptist Church Gulfport on Friday April 15, 2016.
JOHN FITZHUGH/SUN HERALD Kara Tye accepts the National Crime Victim' Rights Week Community Service award during their Candlelight Ceremony at First Baptist Church Gulfport on Friday April 15, 2016. SUN HERALD

Joel Smith, district attorney of Harrison, Hancock and Stone counties, presented awards Friday to a crime solver and a victim helper.

Harrison County Sheriff's Sgt. Joe Sturm received the Crime Victim's Law Enforcement Award.

Karla Tye, executive director of the Children's Advocacy Centers of Mississippi, received the Crime Victim's Community Service Award.

The awards were presented in Gulfport during observance of National Crime Victims' Rights Week.

What led to their honors, according to Smith:

Joe Sturm: On a tragic afternoon in the DeLisle community, at the end of a dead-end dirt road, Robert Trosclair Jr., 30, was the victim of a brutal attack by three men he knew and called his friend. Lead investigator Joe Sturm and his fellow officers worked tirelessly on the case to locate witnesses and build a tremendous amount of forensic evidence to hold the killers accountable. Thanks in large part to this man's hard work and diligence in seeking justice, all three men were later convicted for their roles in the April 14, 2013, slaying, including one who was sentenced to death by a Harrison County jury last summer.

Karla Tye: "She has spent an entire career serving the children of South Mississippi. She was director of our local CAC in Harrison County, and since 2010 has served the entire state in her role as executive director. Just last year, when things looked darkest at the CAC of South Mississippi, she was there for us in our search to find longterm funding solutions so that our children wouldn't suffer. She worked diligently to make sure our CAC could once again be a beacon of hope for children in time of need. She is a true servant of victims. She never seeks or wants the spotlight for herself."

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