Families honor homicide victims with Huntsville vigil
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Sunday, the Homicide Survivors Program hosted its 18th annual vigil to remember and honor the lives of murdered loved ones.
The group of roughly 30 gathered at Big Spring Park in Huntsville, where survivors spoke, prayed and sang in tribute.
Kim Crawford is the director of the Homicide Survivors Program and said it's about letting the families know they aren't alone.
"It may take some time, whether the events you know, the murders happened you know yesterday, last week, six months, everybody's grief is different in how they want to handle it. But whenever they're ready, they need to reach out," she said.
Crawford's program offers counseling, support groups and legal support for homicide survivors.
Donna Howell said she lost her son, Larry Flaccamio, in a shooting 2014 shooting. She wore a shirt with a picture of her son and other children lost to violence in Huntsville.
"If they're parents aren't able to be there, I want the children to be there at least because I think the parents want their children remembered. I want mine remembered, so I take the children with me," she said.
Howell said the pain never goes away, but talking about her son helps.
Family members, Huntsville Police officers and Democratic Alabama Senate Candidate Amy Wasyluka all had an opportunity to speak at the event.
The organization had photos of those killed displayed in the gazebo.
You can find resources from the Homicide Survivors Program here.
The group released balloons into the air at the end of the vigil in a final tribute.
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