Anchorage families remember slain loved ones
More than 450 names were read Saturday in an Anchorage roll of honor -- one families wish their loved ones were never a part of.
The names are those of crime victims written on the Violent Crime Memorial at Anchorage's Hostetler Park.
Families gather from across the state to remember their relatives. One of the fallen is Jacqueline Goodwin, whose body was found in 34-year-old Benjamin Wilkins' car after she was killed in June 2016.
"It's important for us to be here because she was our oldest granddaughter, and we loved her very much," said Jacqueline's grandmother, Pearl Goodwin.
"She had a contagious laugh, she had a smile, and she was always willing to help others, and put others before herself," said Brenda Goodwin, Jacqueline's aunt.
Victims for Justice donated the memorial to the municipality in 1994. The group's executive director, Victoria Shanklin, says it's important to remember there are other victims besides the person killed.
"With each homicide, you have not only one individual that's affected, you have family, friends, neighbors, and again, the community," Shanklin said.
Families honor their loved ones taken from them too soon, including those killed in Anchorage this year.
Organizers arranged Saturday's tribute days in advance, and didn't have enough time to include Brittany Sparks and Reynaldo Khotesohvan -- the woman and teen who lost their lives in separate Mountain View shootings Friday night. Their names will join the growing list for next year.
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