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Local Families Unite To Remember Murder Victims
BROOKFIELD, Wi -- Milwaukee area families who lost a loved one to murder gathered today to honor the memory of the victims of violence.
The families got together at the Wisconsin Memorial Park Family Center in Brookfield, as part of the National Day of Remembrance.
"It's a day when you honor and remember all homicide victims," said Barb Prevort, who started the "Parents of Murdered Children" chapter in Milwaukee after her son was murdered more than 16 years ago.
"Everybody here has lost a loved one through violence... we get the support on days you are feeling depressed or sad on anniversaries or birthdays," said Prevort.
One of the victims remembered in today's ceremony was Shaun Wild. The teacher and Brown Deer native who was stabbed to death last February in suburban Chicago.
"To lose his life in such a senseless and tragic manner has been really hard to deal with," said Bruce Wild, Shaun's father.
Each one of the families at the ceremony endured similar tragedies-- and lit a candle in honor of their loved one. They also released balloons into the air with a message for each victim.
"It's very early in the process for us, it's a very painful time but to have a support group and a network that we could tap in to is going to be meaningful for us," said Mr. Wild.