Family And Friends Of Victims Of Violent Crimes Honor Their Loved Ones

Losing a loved one to a violent crime is hard anytime of the year, but those affected say it's the holidays when they are missed the most. The organization Victims and Survivors Against Violent Crime held its 4th annual Tree of Angels Thursday night in the Cherokee County Courthouse. Family and friends hung angels on a tree in memory of their loved ones. It was attended by families from throughout East Texas. Those that attended say it helps knowing their loved one will not be forgotten this holiday season.

"She was killed ten years ago, and she would have been 39 last Tuesday," said Gayle Terrell who lost her daughter to a violent crime. "We all suffer this time of year and we hope that our organization helps people and let's everybody know that they are not forgotten."

"When it's a crime it's hard to go on, but knowing that somebody else, that you can help someone else through their struggle helps you get on and get past it," said Yonanda Clayborne who's sister was murdered two years ago. The Tree of Angels is held throughout Texas. Governor Rick Perry has declared the week of December 5th as Tree of Angels week in Texas.

Molly Reuter, reporting.