Walker County residents unveil crime victims' memorial
People in Walker County held a remembrance Tuesday night for dozens of crime victims. A candlelight vigil featured the unveiling of a special monument, created by the families of the victims.
More than 400 people attended the vigil. For over two years, families of crime victims have worked on a special project to make sure the memories of their loved ones are not forgotten.
With a trickle of water, the memories start to flow.
"It means it will never be forgotten." Christie Harris remembers her brother, Brandon Davis Reid, killed in February of 2012. "Everything he did will never be forgotten."
It's a bitter sweet moment for families who lost someone to violence. For over two years.. people like Doris Talley, have been working countless hours just to see this very moment, the unveiling of the Walker County Crime Victim's Memorial Fountain.
Doris Talley says "I just thought it was very important that we honor all victims and do this for them." Her son, her brother and sister.. all victims of murder.
More than 70 names are on this fountain, including the father of Walker County District Attorney, Bill Adair.
"Crime affects community in a lot of ways but as you can see tonight, the hurt is always there. There maybe some closure in getting the cases done, but the hurt is always there for these people."
He says family members spent their own money to build this memorial. Adair says "It's been a work from the heart that we're going to see a lot more of around our state."
Also from the heart, testimonies of hope after the violence. One speaker said, "I was a very small, scared little girl. I had just experienced something that no one should ever have to go through."
Many of the family members affected are children. That's why in the next three to six months Walker County is getting ready to start a Child Advocacy Center.
Adair also criticized a bill in the state legislature. It would limit power of local judges and prosecutors by mandating sentencing requirements.