National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims
When the the U.S. Senate adopted a resolution in 2007 recognizing the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims they took a step in recognizing the impact of murder on surviving family members and provided a way to honor the memory of victims. Each year some 15,000 more family members are added to the unfortunately long list of homicide victims n the United State. Untold numbers of mothers, fathers, children, brothers, sisters, friends, co-workers, and neighbors saw their lives forever altered by the horror of suddenly losing a loved one.
As we mark the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims, we honor the memories of murder victims and recognize the impact of homicide on surviving family members and loved ones. Victims and their families are one of the biggest reasons we work to end the death penalty. The abolition movement is a pro-victim movement. We advocate for policies that prevent violence, provide support to grieving family members, and honor the memory of murdered loved ones.
The victims are why we do what we do and today, we remember and honor them.
Victim Family Members Speak Out
Our Coalition receives support and guidance from scores of Montanans who have endured the devastating murder of a loved one. During the legislative session, murder victims’ family members in our state delivered a letter to our legislators asking them to support abolition of the death penalty. We honor their contribution to this cause.
The letter explains that families are re-victimized by high profile death penalty trials and that resources wasted on the death penalty would be better spent on programs that support victims. concluding that “the death penalty is a broken and costly system. Montana doesn’t need it, and victims’ families like ours don’t want it.”
Are you the family member of a homicide victim? We welcome your input!
Email us today to learn more about getting involved.