Candlelight vigil to remember victims of violent crimes

By: Marcus Conroy Email
By: Marcus Conroy Email

Family and friends hold a candlelight vigil to remember loved ones who were victims of violent crimes.

Dozens of people from Johnson, Martin, and Lawrence Counties gathered at the Roy Collier Community Center in Inez for the emotional event.

Commonwealth's Attorney Anna Melvin says her office holds this event to celebrate the memories of those lives that were lost.

She says each name she reads is a reminder of each violent crime victim she has represented.

"I see the pain that we went through during the case, and what those people have been through and it hurts," said Melvin.

April Brewer's only daughter, Destiny, was killed by a drunk driver less than a year ago. She says the pain is unbearable, but the love and support is unbelievable.

"I never realized what Martin County meant until now, and it's just overwhelming the support that I've gotten from everybody," said Brewer.

Susan Endicott spoke about the pain she still goes through, even 13 years since her father was murdered.

"You live through that pain everyday because you know someday, your nightmares will begin again," said Endicott.

But she says the special bond she develops with others affected by these crimes helps ease the pain.

"Even though your strangers, you're connected," said Endicott.

"It's a closeness. It's a family that you than anybody else would probably know or understand," said Diane Smith.

Diane Smith says she came to pay her respects to her uncle, Billy Proctor, who was shot to death in 2006.

She says she can never forget what happened.

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