Today is National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims

Today, September 25th, marks the fifth annual observance of National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims.  This day honors the memory of homicide victims and acknowledges the resulting long-term trauma for their families, communities, and the nation.

In the words of J.B. Van Hollen, the Attorney General for Wisconsin:

The National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims sends a critical and powerful message to these individuals that we, as a nation, remember their tragedy, honor their courage and vow to help them rebuild their lives because violent crime affects every one of us. Let Sunday be a call to work diligently to prevent the violence that destroys lives and devastates families.

To mark this occasion, Murder Victims’ Families for Reconciliation (MVFR) will be running a slide show of pictures of loved ones on the front page of their website throughout October.  If you’d like to have your loved one included, please send an electronic picture of your loved one to:  MVFR Remembrance Slideshow. [If you have trouble with the link, send the picture to info@mvfr.org]

We ask that you keep all murder victims and their families and friends in your thoughts and hearts this weekend, and always.

 

One thought on “Today is National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims

  1. Today I remember those I love who were murdered.It is a bittersweet Day,as I long ago made a vow to remember how they lived instead of how they died.However,it is loving to pause to remember I have work to do related to their deaths…
    Two deaths have been especially hard to put into perspective.
    First,My first Husband,James Credille Carroll JR.There is no one “bad guy” to hold accountable.Some say he Od’d with only himself to blame.Others say some so called “friends” may have left him to die to save themselves.Precious time was lost that may have saved him.We will never know.Rest in peace,Sweet Baby James.

    The second was Gary Michael Wood, the Father of My Youngest Son.Shot to death by a friend,rolled up in carpet by a few people and dumped along a rural road.By the time he was found,My Son hadn’t seen his Dad in 6 months.He never got to say good-bye.
    The man who murdered him eventually was consumed by guilt,confessed to his Father and commited suicide,leaving HIS family to grieve.
    To some these Men were just society’s Ills.One police detective in Gary’s death said they called it a ‘Scumbag VS Scumbag’situation.I looked him in the eyes and told him it must be inconvienient that they even had to investgate the whole “mess’ and left disgusted.
    Both Men left behind children who will never know if these Men would’ve gone for help for their addictions.I’ve seen it happen many times.There is always hope where there is still life.They were Children once and BOTH had survived tremendous abuse.
    Neither set on thier last day on Earth asking to be murdered.
    The passage,”There but for the grace of God go You and I”,comes to mind,for Me…
    Today I choose to honor them,and other people who were killed,by reflecting on the good I saw in them.I am not alone.I also choose to put My efforts into the abolishment of the Death Penalty.
    Killing people is no way to teach our Children it is wrong to kill.
    It matters not if You believe in God or if You live by the Golden Rule-Murder is the taking of anothers life.It makes us less of a civilized society.
    May those who join Me in organizations that choose to honor Our loved ones by working for the end of the barbaric practice of the Death Penalty,stay strong.Keep up the good fight.I am thinking of Your families and Murdered Loved One, as I light a candle and pray for Peace.God Bless,Elissa

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