By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun
11:49 PM EDT, October 25, 2012
A stretch of Route 4, including the section that passes through southern Anne Arundel County, was renamed last week for Stephanie Roper, whose 1982 murder led her parents to crusade for rights of crime victims and their survivors.
The approximately five miles that Maryland officials named Stephanie Roper Highway extend from Upper Marlboro in Prince George's County to Bristol in Anne Arundel, according to the Maryland Crime Victims' Resource Center. A gubernatorial proclamation was issued last week.
"Roberta and Vince Roper put crime victims' rights and services on the Maryland and national map in memory of their daughter Stephanie," Russell P. Butler, executive director of the center, said in a statement. He said state officials "appropriately recognized the efforts of the Ropers" by renaming the stretch of Route 4.
The Ropers, of Prince George's County, founded the organization as the Stephanie Roper Committee and Foundation. It has been among the organizations that pressed governments to adopt victims' rights laws and provide help for crime victims.
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