Community remembers those lost to violence - Tucson News Now

Community remembers those lost to violence

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A local nonprofit dedicated to assisting families and friends of murder victims hosted a remembrance event Sunday at Reid Park.

Today is National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims.

More than 100 people attended Tucson's Homicide Survivors Inc. event, including Mary Seagle.

She's the sister Sunday school teacher Kay Read.

Read's body was never found, but a jury convicted the man of killing her in August.

"I’m sad that I don’t have her. I can’t call her, said Seagle. "But I know where she’s at. I know she’s in heaven."

Seagle said it was important for her to volunteer at today's event because it's a way to carry on her sister's legacy.

"She was the type of person that just gave back," explained Seagle. 

Michael Katz works for Homicide Survivors as a victim advocate. He's also a survivor.  

His sister, Nichole Renea Katz was murdered by her boyfriend in Tucson in 2008. Her picture was displayed along with more than 580 other murder victims.

He told Tucson News Now supporting other victims is his "calling."

"It kind of lets people know they are not alone," said Katz. "There’s kind of an unseen, unspoken bond among survivors and I think just coming out here and having the opportunity to get together and be with other people who’ve been through such a horrific experience is really helpful."

Homicide Survivors has been serving families and friends of murder victims in Tucson and Southern Arizona since 1982.  It offers free services including crisis and long-term emotional support, one-to-one peer counseling, home visits, group meetings, transportation and hotel for victims who live out of the area.

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