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A Celebration of Hope honors victims of homicide

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A memorial service honoring victims of homicide took place in downtown Wilmington Tuesday night, called A Celebration of Hope. The Homicide Family Support Group organized this memorial at First Baptist Church. District Attorney Ben David read off 20 names of homicide victims as family members set flowers in a wreath in their memory. Amelia Martin helped found this support group after her 19-year-old son Ronnie was beaten to death in 1996. The families and law enforcement have worked closely together on their respective cases and in helping other families who have been ravaged by violent crime.

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Celebration of Hope

This was a beautiful ceremony. Too many lives have been lost in this community at the hands of a murderer. Ben David said it best when he said "stop blaming the victims". Until you witness the true hurt of a loved one lost you will never truly know the pain. I have read the blogs on this page when someone is gunned down in the street from a drug deal gone bad and I would say to you that was a loved one regardless of how he or she lived. And a young girl sung her heart about drugs taking lives, she was precious and there needs to be a soultion. Pray for these families and our beautiful community something does need to give. Stop the killing and drug abuse.