Each year, about thirty people are killed in the city of Toledo...all victims of violent crime. Tuesday night was a chance for the loved ones of those murder victims to come together.
The National Day of Remembrance comes around each September. Nearly a hundred family members attended a ceremony and candlelight vigil at the Blessed Sacrament Parish to honor victims and bring awareness to murder prevention.
"We are our children's voices, whether you're a parent, a sibling or a friend," says Gabriel Burgete, the current chapter leader of the Greater Toledo Chapter of Parents of Murdered Children. "We are their voices and we always will be their voices."
"It's good to hug someone else and let them know they're not the only ones out here who feel the way they do," says Darlene Carmago, who lost a sister to domestic violence in 2007, and a nephew in a deadly robbery in 2008. "And I think it's good that we all get together and we remember them."
The Parents of Murdered Children and Other Homicide Survivors group meets every third Tuesday at the Eleanor Kahle Senior Center at 7 P.M. The address is 1315 Hillcrest at Willys Parkway.