---- — The Church Federation of Greater Indianapolis (CFGI) has hosted a National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims service annually since it started in 2007.
It partners with Legacy House, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Victims Assistance Unit, and Survivors of Violent Deaths Support group to co-host the service.
During the prayer service on Sept. 25, the names of 120 murder victims, killed from Sept. 1, 2012, to Aug. 31, 2013, will be read and the families can light a candle in remembrance of loved ones.
“With an increased number of homicides in the community, it is important to come alongside the families affected by violence and let them know that they have support,” the Rev. Dr. Angelique Walker-Smith, executive director of The Church Federation of Greater Indianapolis, said in a press release. “It is important to pray for healing and reconciliation, because each of these deaths represents a breach of peace in our community.”
CFGI also holds prayer vigils after each homicide in Indianapolis where family members, friends, and other caring Christians from across the city gather together at the site of the violent death to pray for the victims and survivors.
CFGI also hosts the Light the Night for Life service held at the beginning of each year to remember homicide victims from the past year.
The National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims pays tribute to the thousands of Americans slain each year through acts of violence and the millions affected by their deaths. The National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims, organizers hope, will signal the nation’s renewed resolve to honor murder victims, support those who have survived, and prevent further violence.
“This unique day of remembrance expresses our nation’s respect for the memories of murder victims and the courage of those left behind and recommits us to confront the violence that leads to homicide,” Mary Lou Leary, executive director of the National Center for Victims of Crime, said.
The National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims was endorsed by a bipartisan, unanimous resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives with House Resolution No. 223, introduced by Reps. John Shadegg, R-Arizona, and Steve Chabot, R-Ohio.
A similar resolution, Senate Resolution No. 326, has been introduced in the U.S. Senate by Sens. John Cornyn, R-Texas, Dianne Feinstein, D-California, and Jon Kyl, R-Arizona.
The Church Federation of Greater Indianapolis is at 1100 W. 42nd St. Suite 345.