TUSKEGEE, AL (WSFA) - The Macon County Sheriffs Office held an event Wednesday to honor victims of violent crime and encourage anyone who has ever lost a loved one due to violent crime to light a candle and release a balloon to honor their memory.
Sheriff Andre Brunson said that this is an opportunity for him to let the community know that he is working to bring closure to the families of all of the victims.
"We're honoring and talking to the victims of the families of the violent crimes. We want them to know that law enforcement hasn't forgotten them. Especially these that have these unsolved murders and unsolved violent crimes," Brunson explained. "We're letting them know that we haven't forgotten about them, we're thinking about them and we're going to be their support group."
Some family members of the victims, like Roberta Crenshaw, shared their loved one's story. She said that events like this help bring the community together and that's exactly what needs to happen in times like this.
"We, as a community, if you know something speak out because it could be your child next time," Crenshaw said. "Stop making these things secret, stop being afraid. My thing is, I would be afraid that they would do it again. So as a community let's come together."
The sheriff's office wants the families of these victims to know that they are offering their support and are constantly working to solve all unsolved cases.