Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich said the memorial ceremony for homicide victims demonstrates that Tennessee is a state with a Victims Bill of Rights and that Memphis is “a community that says we care.”
“We do this because the evil that lives in some cannot and will not overshadow the good that every one of you represents,” Gen. Weirich told the gathering. “Not one of these victims should ever be forgotten."
Senior Pastor Rufus Smith of Hope Church asked audience members to inhale and hold their breath as long as they could.
“Those who survive are those who can exhale forgiveness,” said Pastor Smith, the featured speaker. “Forgiveness is more beneficial to the benefactor than to the perpetrator, but to forgive does not mean to forget. We can live about 40 days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air and about one second without hope.”
Families later placed ornaments on wreaths to honor their loved ones.
The program included performances by the PeaceMakers, Sgt. Walter K. Singleton Pipes and Drums, and Sheriff’s Deputy O.V. Wright.
Ursula Madden of WMC-TV made welcoming and closing remarks.
For more information, please contact Amy McCullough, director of the DA’s Victim/Witness Unit at (901) 222-1561 or email Amy.McCullough@scdag.com.