PLAINS TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) More than a dozen people turned out to a local park to honor the memory of murder victims.
Eyewitness News Reporter Crystal Cranmore takes us to the somber ceremony in Luzerne County.
A story of loss.
One by one, people at Birchwood Park in Plains, lit candles on this National Day of Remembrance for relatives – who were murdered.
“I wonder what he’d be like.. he’d be 57 years old now and I wonder how he would have been “
Susan Curley-Grady lost her brother Bobby Curley almost 25 years ago.
His wife, Joann, is behind bars for poisoning him.
The people who gather on Sunday night say being here with friends and family helps them keep their loved one’s memory alive “
And that’s thanks to Donna Walling, who’s been organizing the event for the last five years.
She started a local chapter of the National “Parents of Murdered Children” organization several years ago.
The group’s goal was to spread awareness of the impact of violence and provide emotional support to those who’ve lost loved ones.
Even though the chapter disbanded, she continues to hold the vigil with the same mission in mind.
“You need to be around people who understand what your going through”
Walling’s 21-year old daughter’s boyfriend killed her almost 16 years ago.
Her name was Jaime.
“As long as God keeps me alive.. I want my daughters memory to live on forever”
Walling hopes no other parent has to deal with the anguish she’s faced.
According to the “Parents of Murdered Children” organization, an estimated 14-thousand people are murdered nationwide every year.