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Families of murder victims gather downtown to honor their loved ones

Families of murder victims gather downtown to honor their loved ones
Families of murder victims gather downtown to honor their loved ones(WPTA)
Updated: Sep. 19, 2021 at 6:30 PM EDT
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) - Families of people killed in homicides gathered in downtown Fort Wayne on Sunday to pay tribute to their loved ones.

The group, JAVA (Justice, Accountability and Victims Advocacy), organized an event that payed tribute to the victims by hanging red and black ribbons at Headwaters Park and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Bridge.

JAVA hopes their work can not only help stop violent crimes in our area, but that it can also help families heal following the death of a loved one.

“We hope that at some point deterrence will start taking over and that kids will think before they act and stop being at places where these things can happen,” JAVA Co-founder Stacey Davis said. “The long term goal is to get deterrence in our community.”

The group will gather again next Saturday for National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims. The families will gather for pictures on the bridge and they will be able to take home their ribbons that they hung up.

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