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Families remember victims of violent crimes for National Crime Victims' Week

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MOBILE, AL (WALA) -

It's National Crime Victim's week. Across the nation, family and friends are remembering their loved ones. Here in Mobile, the District Attorney's office held a ceremony tonight.

It was hard not to shed a tear at the very emotional ceremony this evening. Family and friends remembering those lost to violent crimes. For some, years have past, but for others the loss is still fresh.

A time of reflection and remembrance for those killed in senseless acts of crime. Family members left behind, called out each one name by name. Kenitra Cunningham's husband was killed in February of this year. She says the past few months have been hard.

"i got to meet a lady who experienced the same thing, she gave me her number," she said.

Kathy Morehouse lost her husband in October of 2014. He was shot while in his truck. Morehouse and Cunningham were able to connect. Cunningham says she's gained another support system.She says the ceremony was a major part of the healing process.

"It was nice. I got to meet other people who experienced some of the same loss that i recently experienced," Cunningham said.

The Mobile County District Attorney's office put on the ceremony hoping to offer a different type of support to families than usual. District Attorney Ashley Rich says they usually fight hard in the courtroom for the families, but its important for them to see both sides of them.

"When we need to be tough in the courtroom we are tough, but when you go through something like this with a family, its an emotional process and you are bonded with that family forever, really," said DA Rich.

Mayor Sandy Stimpson wanting them to know the city of mobile remembers and cares.

"It's one day at a time. But i hope that you realize that there are people in this community that love you," said Stimpson.

Year after year, the anniversary of their loved one's death brings heartache. But family members say this event is also a time of healing.

DA Rich adds that many of these families haven't gotten the closure they need. Her office is working hard to bring justice.

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