People gather in Huntsville for vigil supporting victims of homicide

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HUNTSVILE, Ala. (WHNT)- It's never easy losing a loved one, and it can be particularly difficult losing someone you love in a violent manner. The grieving process is different, and requires special attention and support.

The Homicide Survivors Program hosted the 15th annual candlelight vigil Sunday evening, an event that aims to remind family members and friends who lost loved ones that they aren't alone in their suffering.

Program Director Vickie Goodman says it helps victims to know they aren't alone.

"There is no one who understands this kind of complicated grief, the way another survivor understands it."

White balloons, and white luminaries lined the sidewalks in big spring park Sunday, one for every life lost in a criminal, and violent manner.

"Survivors are here to support one another, because they are they ones who know best of all what they're going through," Says Goodman.

Carrie Taylor lost her sister to homicide in July of 2012, and her mother a short 16 months later. She hopes to be a support for others dealing with losses of their own.

"If you're going through the survival mode if you will after losing someone to homicide that you just have to take a deep breath and understand that you can continue on, and you can go on in a joyful, positive way," Says Taylor.

Every survivor was given a white balloon to release in honor of their loved ones.


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