Victims of Violent Crime Make a Difference

In the Smith County Central Jury room there were four families Friday who were virtual strangers. Unfortunately, these East Texans have one thing in common.

"I feel for anybody would have to go through anything like that in any sort of way, no matter how you lose them," says Kevin Cobb, who lost his parents.

The loved one's they lost were taken from them in senseless crimes.

"It's hard to imagine the things that can go on when someone is being treated that way," says Kevin Cobb.  "Being tied up and gagged and everything around them is being taken from them."

Kevin Cobb and his sister Carolyn share their story to heal and help. They lost their parents bertha and frank Cobb in 1999 when they were robbed, murdered and then had their smith county house set on fire.

"I just hate they have to go through the same thing," says Maxine Ray, lost her daughter.

It was just June of last year Maxine Ray got the news her daughter, Kara Parker had been murdered in Tyler.

"I just keep waiting for her to walk in and be there again, uh i know it is not going to happen but I still wait," says Maxine.

Getting through everyday is hard, but Maxine says counseling, family and the Smith County Victims' Rights Services helps.

"They always supported us and comforted us," says Raquela Whittington.

So it's understandable victims rights week means something to the Whittington's. Their son Donald was kidnapped and murdered in 1997.

"Sometimes I just cry so much because I want to hear his voice or at least let me see him one last time," says Raquela.

The pain they say never goes away. But this week they will relive those difficult memories if it can help someone else.

Dana Dixon reporting