Since 2007, September 25th has been known as the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims. Established by the National Parents Of Murdered Children (POMC) and unanimously approved by the Senate and House, this day honors the memory of victims who have been killed by violence and acknowledges the resulting long-term trauma for families, communities, and strives to promote public awareness.
The murder of a loved one robs the victim's family of a mother, father, sister, brother, son, daughter, husband, wife, partner, grandparent, aunt, uncle, extended family member, friend, neighbor or colleague, and creates an overwhelming challenge to fill the void their absence creates. Survivors of homicide victims transform their pain and anger into power and action; by honoring the memory of their loved ones impacted by homicide. Through leadership, grief support and advocacy, survivors are reducing violence and promoting prevention and policy change on a local, state and national level.
Robert Garcia, CEO of Rio Grande Families and Friends of Murdered Children, graciously thanked the court for their support.
"We mourn for nine days, and we have the support and love of everyone around us during that time," said Garcia. "But many people do not realize that after that, our loss continues and it is lifetime of healing."
POMC Chapters and other organizations such as the Rio Grande Valley-Families and Friends Of Murdered Children will be holding an event to commemorate the Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims on Friday, September 25, 2015 at the Pepe Salinas Memorial Civic Center in Pharr from 6 to 9 p.m.