St. Louis, Mo. (KSDK)- Families of homicide victims gathered to remember and honor those who were lost in acts of violence.
Dozens of people showed up to the vigil hosted by The Crime Victim Advocacy Center and The Homicide, Ministers and Community Alliance.
The organizations have records of more than 160 names of people who were murdered this year alone. With song, tears, and prayer all the victims were remembered.
Representative Betty Thompson lost her son Tyron, a law enforcement veteran, when he was shot during an apparent robbery in north St. Louis in 2010. She has made it her mission to spend the rest of her life trying to dispel the violence in the area.
"With the parents help, the communities help, and everybody we got to wipe this violence out completely and we can do it," said Rep. Thompson.
Next week is National Crime Victims' Rights Week and Local victim service agencies are hosting a variety of events. For information go to www.supportvictims.org or call (314) 652-9771.