HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Several dozen victims of homicide were remembered in an annual ceremony in Hattiesburg Thursday. Families of victims gathered at the Hattiesburg Cultural Center for a local commemoration of the National Day of Remembrance for homicide victims.
The Shafer Center for Crisis Intervention hosted the event. It gave family members a chance to remember and pray for their loved ones together.
"Those that have lost someone because of a homicide, it never goes away and it helps to get together," said June Renfrow, assistant director for the Shafer Center for Crisis Intervention.
"I have my bad days and my good days, but I'm going to make it through God's faith and he strengthens me everyday to try to make it," said Betty Sims. Her son Cardealious Watts was murdered in 2008.
"All of us have the same issues," said Marilyn Brown. Her son, T.J., was murdered 15 years ago. "That's why we all come together and stick together, but out of all of it, God is number one. He keeps all of us together as one," she said.
Several parents of homicide victims also shared their personal stories with the gathering.