Homicide Survivors hold candlelight vigil for victims of crime - Tucson News Now

Homicide Survivors hold candlelight vigil for victims of crime

The event shared stories of more than 600 people lost to violence in southern Arizona (Source: Tucson News Now). The event shared stories of more than 600 people lost to violence in southern Arizona (Source: Tucson News Now).
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

On Saturday night dozens came together in our community to honor and remember victims of crime with a candlelight vigil.

Tucson Police Chief, Chris Magnus held a moment of silence for Isabel Celis.

The group Homicide Survivors Inc held the event at the Children’s Memorial Park near Oracle and River.

"They shot at him through a window,” Tovar Salazar said.

Tovar Salazar’s son, Tomas Tovar, was shot and killed in the parking lot of Food City on Campbell and Irvington on April 26, 2014. His mother said it has been difficult not having any closure with knowing who pulled the trigger.

“They haven’t found anybody. There’s no clues, there’s nothing out there,” Salazar said.

Salazar was reminded of her resilience on Saturday as she was surrounded by others in Tucson who have experienced similar hardship. Picture boards featured photos of more than 600 of smiling faces; lives lost too soon. Families shared stories at the event and wrote letters to their loved ones.

“To me I’m still kind of in shock that he’s dead, gone we are only a year apart,” Myra Gonzalez said.

For Myra Gonzalez, twelve years have passed since her younger brother, Darrell Smith, was killed. But she said the pain still lingers.

“It’s really hard just to try and put pieces back together. I’m still trying,” Gonzalez said.

In both of these cold cases, Gonzales and Salazar are not giving up hope on finding justice. They say Homicide Survivors has helped to remind them they are not alone.

“They have cried with me,” Salazar said.

“To know that someone is feeling what you’re feeling and you’re not being judged – is a good feeling,” Gonzales said.

The next Homicide Survivor’s event will be held this fall, in September. For more information click here.

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