SPANISH FORT, Ala. (WALA) - On April 23, hundreds of people gathered at Five Rivers off the Causeway for a candlelight vigil to honor victims of crime.
Before the candles were lit, loved ones addressed the hundreds in the audience, sharing their stories of how they lost loved ones.
Maeola Coleman's nephew Donald "DJ" Howard was murdered in Fairhope in February 2013.
"It has been tough, but with the help of God, we've managed. We truly miss him. We truly miss him, but heaven has a blessing," she said.
Some have united and become stronger after losing loved ones.
President Tracey Goens' father Bobby Wilson, a popular businessman in Spanish Fort, was murdered in 2007. She said there has been three trials since, and still no justice.
"I couldn't control what had happened to our family, but I could control how I let it affect me. So I decided to organize a support group for victims in Baldwin County, and there is a lot of victims," she said.
Though these people will tragically never get their husbands, brothers, mothers, sons and daughters back, they take great comfort in coming together and mourning as one.
"It's so amazing to see this many people that the same thing has happened to. It's amazing for people to come together really to support one another in times like this," Coleman said.
"It makes it easy, you feel like you're not alone. It's a support group for each other, and also I think it's a healing process for me personally," Goen said.
This was actually the second annual vigil for victims of crime. Last year's vigil was at the courthouse in Bay Minette.
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