LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC-TV) – Family and friends of murder victims came together to remember their loved ones at the Lake Charles promenade Saturday afternoon.
Referring to themselves as survivors, they held a balloon release just after 2 p.m.
The balloons were written with messages such as "We miss you" and "We love you."
Vanessa Jason attended the ceremony in honor of her son, Divonte LeDay, who was murdered in December 2009.
"I think this is a very special day to come together for your loved ones and everything and show that we really appreciate what Lake Charles, Louisiana is doing for them and still thinking about them," said Jason.
The ceremony was part of the National Day of Remembrance of Murdered Victims. The National Day of Remembrance was declared by Congress in 2007 to not only pay tribute to victims but provide support for their surviving loved ones.
"Losing a loved one is always hard under any circumstances, but when you've lost a loved one to murder there's just a whole different set of circumstances that go way it," said Judy Hines of the Southwest Louisiana Chapter of Parents of Murdered Children.
The local chapter of Parents of Murdered Children always welcomes loved ones of victims of murder.
The group meets the second Monday of every month.
For more information, call (337) 625-5319.