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Community comes together to remember loved ones lost

15th Annual National Day of Remembrance held Wednesday

Dozens of local families who lost loved ones to murder came together Wednesday night for the 15th Annual National Day of Remembrance.

SAN ANTONIO – Dozens of local families who lost loved ones to murder came together Wednesday night for the 15th Annual National Day of Remembrance.

It's a special night that helps memorialize those victims whose cases remain unsolved. It also gives families hope that justice will someday be served.

Mother of a murder victim, Norma Rodriguez, said she feels alone and broken. In 2009, her 17-year-old son was shot in the back of the head. It happened just days before Christmas. No one has been arrested for his murder. 

"And the detectives, what they say is wrong place and wrong time, or it was a gang initiation, nobody knows why this happened," said Rodriguez.

Rodriguez sat with other families who have lost loved ones to murder inside the First Church of Nazarene in Castle Hills. 

Keynote speaker Sheriff Susan Pamerleau said to the audience, "In Texas, and in many other states, there's no statute of limitations on murder and that's why I continue to try and find the answers."

Pamerleau hopes these families will not lose faith and that justice will be served.

"We need to be there with them to make sure we help and do what we can from the investigative side," said Pamerleau.

Rodriguez hopes her son's killer will someday be caught so she can finally have closure.

"I don't know how they can sleep at night knowing that they killed an innocent person," said Rodriguez.

The day also acknowledges the long-term trauma for these families, communities and the nation. 

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