Crime Victims

By: Adam Roland
By: Adam Roland

Dozens of people came out to the Panama City Mall Monday morning for the missing place at the Table Awareness Campaign.

It's designed to provide friends and family who've lost loved ones to an act of crime an opportunity to remember them.

"It's to honor the victims because normally the victims are the ones that never have a say in something that happens. We hear from the suspect and the person who committed the crime; that's all you hear."

The table and pictures are set up in the mall as a memorial to victims. It also allows survivors that are so different, but share a similar pain, to come together.

"It's nice to have all of us come together to be there to talk; they understand what others are going through and sometimes than can help."

The table and these pictures will be here throughout the week to memorialize these victims, but this event is about keeping the memories of these victims alive all throughout the year.

"It's a wonderful thing to come back and show other people that we're still thinking about him everyday. There's not a day that goes by when we're not thinking about our son."

And these families hope this campaign raises awareness so that violent crimes don't happen to more people.

"Once you commit these acts of violence, it's forever. We never again have our loved ones at our place at the table; it is empty and we miss them forever."

This is the first event of this kind in Bay County, but Greathouse hopes to make this an annual event.

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