Posted 9:37 PM 9/29/2012 : Murder victims' families reflect at vigil
TUCSON - Nonprofit group Homicide Survivors organized a vigil at San Augustin Cathedral Saturday.
All over the country, family and friends of murder victims are remembering their loved ones.
Jermaine Davis, was murdered in September 2010. It happened just a few hours after his daughter was born.
Davis' brother, Maurice Nelson, attended the vigil.
"There was a sweet side to my brother," Nelson said, "and that was one of the things that really, really magnified when he passed. And I began to find out some of the things that he'd done for people."
Nelson said losing his brother to homicide is different than an accident or natural causes.
"You ought to be surrounded by your family," Nelson said. "You ought to be able to pass on of some sort of natural cause."
Nelson admits being angry and wanting revenge at times.
"However, one of the things that can be done is, we can use that pain and that emptiness as a motivation," Nelson said.
He volunteers with Homicide Survivors and helps other victims move on after tragedy.
Before the vigil, Homicide Survivors organized community resources from all over Southern Arizona. They set up tables and answered questions.
Homicide Survivors wanted to turn the day into something positive.
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