Every day can be a struggle for families who have lost a loved one, but it's especially difficult for those who have lost someone to murder. Wednesday was a national day of remembrance for murder victims. A vigil was held in Clarksburg where families gathered to share their memories and honor their lost relatives.
It may have been years since some of these families lost their sons and daughters to violence, but they said the grief never truly goes away.
Mothers, fathers, children, and friends went to the VA Memorial Park to join in prayer and listen to gospel music from The Overcomers as a way to overcome their own individual struggles. At the vigil, organized by the group Parents of Murdered Children, attendees released white balloons to heaven for their loved ones and lit candles to place around the memorial. They also shared the stories that brought them together.
"It's been 22 years [since I lost my daughter] and for the first ten years i had no one to talk to. With raising her children, her daughter and son, I didn't even have time to grieve," said POMC chapter leader Betty Sargent.
"There's not an answer to why this happened, you just have to believe they're in a better place. I love Teresa and I hope she's happy," said Constance Strother, friend of a murder victim.
Sargent said she hopes to start regular meetings for the parents of murdered children. if you need more information on the group, you can visit their website at www.pomc.org.