Thursday, a grieving community gathered to find solace in their shared experience of violence and sorrow.
Alaskans remembered the names of dozens of victims of violent crime during an evening ceremony at a special memorial in Hostetler Park.
This year, several more names were added to the wall. The memorial was established in 1994 to commemorate and honor victims of homicide. Families of the lost loved ones say the ceremony gives them a sense of hope. They say it’s a place to come and remember, and a place to find solace with other people who are feeling the same kind of grief they are.
“It gives you a place to come and a sense of community help you know you’re not alone. It helps to have people experiencing what you are going through cause it’s hard explaining to someone who hasn’t gone through it the pain and grief you feel,” said Kyna Lewis, whose sister Kendra Lewis was murdered last year.
This is the 19th year that Alaskans have honored and remembered their loved ones at the memorial. The wall bears more than 400 names of Alaskans touched by violence.