Milwaukee remembers record homicide year with vigil

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- It's been a record-breaking year for homicides in Milwaukee. Members of the community on Wednesday, Dec. 30, came together to honor the lives lost to senseless violence. 

The Northcott Neighborhood House hosted its annual vigil at El Bethel Church of God in Christ on the city's far northwest side. People lit orange candles to remember the victims, it was a visual representation of the toll the violence has taken on the city. 

The executive director of Northcott says he wants people to know they are not alone in their grief. 

"In this time of COVID, just think of how these people could have helped their families along if they were still here. We want to see no orange candles in 2021," said Tony Kearney, executive director of the Northcott Neighborhood House. 

Before this year, 1991 was the deadliest on record with 165. Milwaukee surpassed that number in early November. 

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