HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A national event which focuses attention on the victims of crime has reached a milestone. The National Crime Victims' Rights Week, which runs from Apr. 6-12, is in its 30th year.
Tuesday night, victims, their families and members of law enforcement gathered at St. Thomas Catholic Church for an annual ceremony to remember and pray for those people in the Pine Belt affected by crime.
Among those in attendence was Diane Applewhite, the mother of Christopher Applewhite, a Bassfield man who was shot and killed 14 years ago.
"It's not forgotten because I can share with others who have gone and walked in my shoes, because some of my everyday friends don't know what I'm going through," said Applewhite.
"We come together to remember and honor," said June Renfrow, assistant director of the Shafer Center for Crisis Intervention and director of Sharing Our Strengths Homicide Program. "Some are victims of homicide, so it's in their honor that we do things like this," she said.
The theme for this year's event was, "Restoring the Balance of Justice."