BOSTON (WWLP) – Massachusetts is the only state in the country that designates a month to recognize murder victims and their families. Dozens of people gathered at the State House for the 16th Annual Survivors of Homicide Victims Awareness Month on Monday to show their support.
For every murder victim, there are family members and friends left behind to deal with that pain. It’s even harder to cope when a murder goes unsolved.
Homicide Awareness Month is a time for people and communities to reflect and take action against violence.
According to annual FBI crime reports, more than 2,500 Massachusetts residents were murdered from 2000 to 2015. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey told 22News there’s too much violence.
“It’s also very inspiring too because these are people who’ve chosen to take a terrible tragedy in their life and turn it into something positive,” Healey.
Surviving family members hope their stories inspire legislators to pass laws to create safer neighborhoods.
The Survivors of Homicide Victims Awareness Month will run through December 20th with events every week to help families cope with their losses.