Vigil for murdered loved ones

Tuesday night at Most Blessed Sacrament Parish in North Toledo, people filled the pews to remember the ones they've lost due to violence.

The faces of the departed lined the front of the church in photographs as family members shared their thoughts and memories.

Raleigh Hendrickson was among the first to arrive for the event. He lost his daughter from a horrific murder in 1992.

"He knocked her out. Took her out and shot her and left her in a canal. It was three days after her 21st birthday," he said.

Hendrickson says the 20 years since the murder of his daughter has not let him forget a single detail. And the thoughts are always fresh in his mind.

"I can remember conversations verbatim. Everything this police officers said. Everything that went down."

However, Hendrickson says that because of events like this one, he has been able to find a common bond with others that have lived through similar tragedy.

"Everybody here has been through it. They know how one another feel. Everybody has to do their own venting."

Hendrickson is part of a national group called Parents of Murdered Children. Everything he says in a group stays there. And often he needs to release the anger that builds up.

"It gives people a room where you can come and scream and yell and everything doesn't go any further than that room. Let the anger out, let the feelings out. Just let it go," he said.

The local chapter of Parents of Murdered Children meet the last Wednesday of every month except December.

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