By JB Clark/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Family and friends of murder victims will gather Saturday in Fairpark in front of City Hall to remember those taken violently and prematurely from them.
Suvival, Inc., the victim’s rights advocacy group based in Saltillo, is sponsoring the evening as a part of National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims.
Survival, Inc. volunteers will read poetry and luminaries will be lit at sunset to honor the surviving families and friends of the deceased.
“It’s a time for people to come and remember their loved ones who’ve been killed or a victim of violent crime and also a public event that builds consciousness in the community, that yes there are people in the community who have lost someone,” said Mary Katherine Spencer of Survival, Inc.
“It is a time to remind the community what has been lost and request respect for the lives of homicide victims, the rights of all surviving family and for justice in the legal system.”
The service will begin at 6 p.m. and last until 7 p.m. It is a part of a larger annual event sponsored by chapters of Parents for Murdered Children across the nation.
Survival offers support to families of victims of homicide. The family members have access to a 24-hour hot line to talk about their loss and monthly support groups.
Survival also offers court advocacy so families don’t have to deal with the court system and victims compensation system on their own.
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