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Mother speaks out on National Remembrance Day for Murder Victims

Donna Howell says National Remembrance Day is a way to show the world homicide victims still have a voice. (Source: WAFF) Donna Howell says National Remembrance Day is a way to show the world homicide victims still have a voice. (Source: WAFF)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

A Huntsville mother continues to fight for answers after her son was murdered in December 2014. She said his case is one of many unsolved homicides in the city.

Donna Howell's 16-year-old son Larry Flaccamio was shot in the back of the head in Huntsville. Sunday is National Remembrance Day for Murder Victims and Howell said she never wants the world to forget about kids who were taken too soon. Sunday is a time to show the world that her son, and all homicide victims, still have a voice, she said.

Families of victims who lost their lives to gun violence support each other on the National Remembrance Day, Donna said. She and another mother took the day to decorate their yards with Halloween decorations, including homemade wreaths, and decorative tombstones that have photos of Huntsville kids with unsolved murders.

"You don't realize you haven't killed the person you murdered. You killed their family. Every day is the same day for me. Every day is the same day for anyone who's lost a loved one to a violent crime. Especially if they haven't had justice," Howell said.

Howell said for the families of murder victims, that loss changes their lives forever. The National Remembrance Day for Murder Victims is a day to share and lessen that very heavy burden.

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