Crime Victim’s Rights Week brings together families in remembrance

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - On Saturday, the Riverwalk Brick Memorial for homicide victims was re-dedicated in honor of National Crime Victim's Week.

The families of people who lost their lives in tragic and violent circumstances gathered together over the weekend in solidarity.

District attorney Julia Slater read the victims' names as family members added flowers, representing each victim, to a wreath.  The event was followed by a procession to the memorial located between Rotary Park and the Columbus Civic Center.

"To some people a small brick is nothing, but it's everlasting to us and it's a lifetime memory," said Nedra Jewell, mother of deceased victim. "And you can come and ride your bikes and stop, say hello to your loved one, and still enjoy life.

"It really breaks my heart to see how many people's family members died of murder and homicide," said Martha Hyatt, sister of a deceased victim. "I'm just really glad to have this here today. And it's right across from the ballfield. My brother Timmy loved to play ball."

News Leader 9's Brittany Dionne also participated in Saturday's memorial dedication, speaking in support of crime victims and their struggle.

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