September 25, 2015
Contact: Ashley Simmons, Office of the Mayor   
704-336-3438 or 704-614-9116                          
CHARLOTTE – Mayor Dan Clodfelter gathered with families and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Homicide Support Group for a special ceremony to honor the memories of murder victims in the local community. The ceremony held Friday marked the National Day of Remembrance, which was created in 2007 by Congress as a result of efforts by the National Organization of Parents of Murdered Children.
“It is always painful when a life is lost at the hands of another,” said Clodfelter, “We never want that experience for any life or any family in Charlotte and yet we know that some in our community are challenged to deal with the impacts of violence on daily basis.”
The CMPD Homicide Support Group was formed in 2009 and is designed to provide a non-judgmental and safe environment where family members affected by homicide can support and encourage one another by sharing their challenges, experiences, and grief journey.
“We appreciate the many staff, volunteers, individuals and agencies that extend loving arms around survivors and their families as they cope with these most difficult and challenging times. Our resolve is to comfort them, to strengthen our community and to better our world in ways that pays tribute to the lives of their loved ones and their unfinished accomplishments.”