The group “Parents of Murdered Children” held a vigil Tuesday evening at the First Church of the Nazarene to honor and remember local murder victims on National Day of Remembrance.
Bobby Trillo and his family were in attendance as they mourned the loss of his younger brother, David, who was shot and killed on July 9, 2011, when someone opened fire at a friend’s house.
The pain is still fresh, said Trillo. He and his brother had been fighting before he was killed.
“I talked to him that night,” Trillo said. “And at least the last time I talked to him I got to say I love him.”
The Trillo family shared the pain of so many others who attended Tuesday’s vigil. The annual event, Trillo said, lets them know they are not alone.
“It makes a difference in our lives that we can get together like this and realize that, you know, we're not the only ones dealing with this,” said Trillo.
POMC serves as a kind of advocate and support system for not just mothers, but all survivors of violent crime.
“One of the things I always tell them is don't let the murderer have another victim,” said Aurora Valek, co-chapter leader of POMC.
Valek’s son was shot and killed in a park on San Antonio’s south side in 2003.
A candle was lit for each of the victims, and in a show of solidarity to stand up to violent crime.
“Nothing is going to change,” Trillo said. “They’ll always be with us.”