MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Wednesday, September 25, is a National Day of Remembrance for homicide victims.
Tuesday, September 24, local families of victims gathered to pray and celebrate the lives of their lost loved ones at the Mobile Convention Center.
It’s labeled as a "Celebration of Life Event." It was created in 2012 to help families of homicide victims remember those that were taken from them.
"My brother was also gunned down through a misunderstanding, so we're just here to celebrate the lives they left behind and try to carry on and push forward,” said Terrell Longmire.
One by one, photos of loved ones were posted to a wall of remembrance, in hopes to never forget those taken out of violence.
"My son was murdered, and that was a part of my life that was taken, and my wife's life that was taken,” said Frisco Randolph. “So we need to do this to keep his memory alive."
"It is a very spiritual experience for me personally to do what I feel like the lord has placed us here to do, to be near the broken hearted and to cry with them when they cry, and laugh with them when they laugh,” said Linda Pearce, the director for a Homicide Survivors Support Group in Mobile.
Vigil organizers said folks from all across the Gulf Coast came together.
"It's a good day for the families of different cities, states, all throughout the area, to come together and be with each other and exchange information and help each other go through the trauma times,” said Tony Dickey, Chaplain for the Alabama Department of Public Safety.
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