NCVAN Survivors of Homicide Victims Awareness Vigil – 2017

NCVAN Survivors of Homicide Victims Awareness Vigil – 2017

The North Carolina Victim Assistance Network (NCVAN)invited the public to participate in a candlelight vigil on Thursday, December 14, 2017 to remember those lives taken by violence.  It was held outdoors at the NC State Capitol.

Governor Cooper declared Survivors of Homicide Victims Awareness Month to be November 20 – December 20, 2017.  It is especially meaningful as the holiday season focuses on friends, family and community.  For those who have had loved ones taken by an act of violence, holidays are especially difficult and an opportunity for us to embrace those who are suffering.  NCVAN reminded those who have lost so much that they are not alone in their grief and that their loved ones have not been forgotten.

As NCVAN Executive Director Frances Battle noted, “Homicide devastates families, friends and communities.  There is never closure.  True justice is not possible since the justice loved ones yearn for is the restoration of life.  The most we can do is embrace those who grieve and offer our heartfelt support and hope that some measure of joy is possible once again.”

‘We remember:’ Raleigh vigil honors homicide victims, family members – WRAL