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Advocates raising awareness to revive missing persons cases

By Charlie Bartlett - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - For the sixth year, advocates are traveling across the country to raise awareness of missing persons and those who have died by violence. 

"When you lose a child to murder, it's a grief like no other," said Julie Fontenot.

Through their grief and loss, they've formed a bond.  The CUE Center for Missing Persons along with the local chapter of Parents of Murdered Children were raising awareness on their sixth annual national "On The Road To Remember" tour.

"We're just trying to get the word out about all these crimes and unsolved missing persons. It's important for these communities to support the victims in this community and to rally with them because they are suffering such a great loss," said Monica Caison.

"Somebody needs to keep searching, talking about it, bringing it up, and don't let it die," said DeDe King.

Many families attended including Misty Lynn Guillory's family. Misty was murdered back in August 2003 after authorities say she was run over.

"It's been very tough, very tough. We're having a hard time. She was a very sweet girl but Misty seemed like she was on top because she always had a beautiful smile," said Nazie Parker.

The CUE Center for Missing Persons is there for the families on many levels.

"To get out and search, do awareness campaigns, work with their investigators to rally their communities for support and also we're there for them, that emotional support to guide them through their journey," said Caison.

The families find comfort in knowing someone out there is trying to help and hasn't forgotten.

"It blesses my soul to no end. I'm so very grateful," said King.

"I think it's wonderful that they are doing what they are doing," said Parker.

Families came together to remember and while each days gets tougher, they're all united as one.

"We're brothers and sisters in Christ and we're here to help," said King.

"It helps we can talk to people about what's happened," said Parker.

"It's easier when you can relate with somebody that's going through the same thing you are because you don't understand this until this happens to you," said Fontenot.

These victims may be gone, but they will never be forgotten

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