What is it in us that cause us to kill? What makes us feel that we have the right to take something as precious as another person's life? The Crime Victims’ Group of Jackson, MS is still searching for the answers to these questions. The truth is that God is the giver of life and no one has the right to take it away. Nevertheless, many people lose their lives daily based on someone else's disregard for human life. I had the pleasure of being invited to this Crime Victims Group meeting by one of my dearest friends, Mary Bernice Barnes. She along with the other members of this group has a family member that was the victim of a murder.
I really came to this meeting to support Mrs. Bernice and to observe but ended up being their special guest for the evening. As I sat at the table, I took a closer look at the victims. I listened as Larry Nelson, Sr., the president of this organization, asked each victim how their cases were going. No one at the table had any results from the legal system. Several cases are still pending and some cases are not even being investigated. Just sitting at the table with them, I could see the void and the lack of closure in their lives but they are still determined to seek justice and to continue to support each other. They are receiving some support from City Councilman Kenneth Stokes, Mayor Harvey Johnson, District Attorney Robert Shula Smith, and from some investigators. However, many of the cases are nowhere near being solved. My heart ached for each member of this group. Their group needs our support because they are people with a purpose and they are working towards positive goals.
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