INDIANAPOLIS – Friends and families of murder victims are gathering across the country Friday to honor loved ones they’ve lost on a National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims.
Legacy House will be hosting a memorial service for Indianapolis’ 139 victims of homicide from the past year. Other organizations including The Church Federation of Greater Indianapolis, the Victim Assistance Unit of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, and the Survivors of Violent Death Support Group will also be sponsoring the vigil.
Legacy House Executive Director Michael Hurst said the event will bring healing to the community.
“The family members that are left behind – they’re going to go on. They’re going to go on and if they’re going to go on in a healthy way as individuals, then we need to show support to them,” Hurst said.
Friends and family will be lighting candles while the names of victims are read off in remembrance.
Hurst says the ceremony will be moving – even for those whose families have not been touched by murder.
“If you’re there for it and sit all the way through it and experience the raw emotion and the resilience of these families, you walk away better in spirit,” Hurst said.
The vigil begins at 6:30 p.m. at Brookside Community Church in Indianapolis.