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Murder victims being remembered

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Yesterday marked the second anniversary of National Murder Victims Day, a day of observance that is especially close to the heart of one mom who lost her only daughter just three years ago. Krystal Lee Peterson was murdered in West Virginia in 2005. Three years later, her mother is fighting to keep her spirit alive. Marianne Laverdierre, mother of Krystal Peterson said, "Children loved her, animals loved her, everyone loved Krystal. What we've all lost is a beautiful soul, a giant heart, and the most beautiful smile that you could ever see in your life.” Thursday night, as part of the national day of observance of murder victims and their families, the US Department of Justice unveiled a memorial wall with the names of more than 120 murder victims. Krystal Lee Peterson's name is one of them. What continues to haunt Krystal’s mom Marianne, is the thought that there are more than 30 pending homicide cases in New Hanover and Pender counties alone. “Its very scary, and its very unsettling to know that there are murderers walking amongst us,” said Laverdierre. Ben David, New Hanover County District Attorney said, "For those of us who talk for the dead in the courtroom, and those of us who get to go to these funerals, meet the families, there is no more awesome obligation than to make sure justice is done in those cases." Here in New Hanover County, victim’s families have the opportunity to meet as part of a homicide support group. The opportunity to express their feelings aloud, brings them one step closer to peace of mind. “I've learned from families in our homicide support group there is no such thing as closure,” said David. "My daughter was a valuable, valuable asset to this world. That's just my story, and there are unfortunately millions of stories out there," Laverdierre said. An observance also took place in Washington Thursday night.

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