On Sunday night, dozens of heartbroken friends and family members gathered on the south steps of the Utah State Capitol to pay tribute to their deceased loved ones. The vigil was held on Sunday, National Day of Remembrance for Homicide Victims, by a nonprofit organization called Utah Homicide Survivors.
The organization stated in a statement that the purpose of the gathering was to “bring together the surviving family, friends, and other those affected by the homicide of the loved one.” We have a variety of opinions about how to effectively support homicide victims’ surviving family members, the death sentence, plea bargains, and the criminal justice system. Below the Capitol steps displayed a memorial photo garden in honor of homicide victims.
“We barely had anyone here last year. It was mainly a small group. Therefore I believe it’s beautiful that they should remember Them. Darcie Housley, the mother of Brian Housley, who was slain in a drive-by shooting in Ogden nearly five years ago, stated, “They mattered – every life matters. No one has the authority to take another person’s life. It’s simply wrong.
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Her son’s case has been classified as a cold case and is still open. KayLynn Stafford, the mother of Cory Haney, whose flatmate was fatally stabbed in Salt Lake City in 2019, urged others to “say their name, share their story.” Considering how pointless and careless all of this suffering may be, hopefully, we can work with the legislators to make some reforms to help move things ahead.