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Service remembers murder victims

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Tennessee honored the families of murder victims in a solemn ceremony meant to offer comfort and hope.

Families hung ornaments with pictures or names of their loved ones on wreaths, as each name was called.

Behind each name and face on an ornament is someone whose loss and grief runs deep.

Antoine Covington's family chose his graduation picture for his ornament. The teen died in June 2012. He was shot to death outside a "Sweet 16" party in Antioch.

"I think it's an honor for the city and state to remember loved ones that's been murdered. Sometimes we get lost in the shuffle. We think about them every day, but everybody else doesn't. They never leave our hearts," said Talia Simmons, his mother.

Every year, for eleven years, the state has held a night they call the Tennessee Season to Remember. It was hosted by Governor Bill Haslam and attended by state leaders, district attorneys general and prosecutors.

"Please know that we've come to encourage and to give hope, and to let you know that you are not alone in this," Haslam told the families.

Mary Sadler's family comes every year to honor her, and for comfort. She was killed seven years ago in Bellevue by a neighbor.

"It's really neat to be able to meet other people that grieve along with us. So we're not the only ones involved with it," said Parrish Elliott, a family member.

"I feel happier that she's known, she's not forgotten," said Taylor Woods, Sadler's granddaughter.

The wreaths adorned with ornaments will be on display at the state capitol until after the holidays.

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