AUGUSTA — Gov. Paul LePage announced Wednesday that he will direct $10,000 from his contingency fund to help pay for the completion of the Maine Murder Victims’ Memorial in Augusta.

The memorial will be in Holy Family Cemetery on Townsend Road. The Maine chapter of Parents of Murdered Children broke ground for the memorial Sunday. It will have the names of 400 to 500 Maine murder victims inscribed on it.

Members of Parents of Murdered Children raised funds for the memorial but had not raised enough to complete it, according to Arthur Jette, director of the Maine chapter.

Maine’s governor may allocate up to $300,000 a year from a special contingency account.

There have been 17 homicides in Maine this year, six of which were related to domestic violence.

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