Family of Murdered Peace Corps Volunteer Mounts Candlelight Vigil On Capitol Steps


Smochek told "20/20" that she was told to keep the rape quiet and said she felt the organization placed blame on her for walking home alone at 5 p.m. As part of First Response Action, she's working to improve Peace Corps training of volunteers to prepare them for how to handle a sexual assault and improve the organization's response when a rape or assault occurs.

Richard Day, Peace Corps Regional Operations Director for Africa, will speak on behalf of the organization at Friday's vigil.

The Peace Corps released a statement about the upcoming vigil saying that the organization continues to mourn Kate Puzey's loss.

"We stand with Kate's family and friends in remembering Kate's contributions to the world and are united in our sincere hope that justice will be served," said the statement.

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