Dozens of people remembered victims of violence at an event in Sigourney Park in Hartford on Sunday.
It was the 11th Annual Day of Remembrance organized by Mothers United Against Violence.
This day paid special remembrance to the people killed since last June.
“It must stop and it can stop,” Giselle Jacobs, of Hartford, said.
The grim total just increased to 26.
“We figured if we can have a day of remembrance that we can get folks together and so these lives, celebrate these lives because these lives meant so much to some people,” Rev. Henry Brown, of Mothers United Against Violence, said.
Henrietta Beckman knows what the 26 families are going through.
She lost her son Randy in 2002.
Beckman shows up here every year.
“Not only do I keep the memory of my son alive but also the memory of the parents who have lost children in this city,” says Beckman.
Organizers say this was also a call to action.
They want to prevent more lives from being taken in the next year.
“It’s just important to speak out against violence because even though it keep happening you never know whose ears it may touch to stop them from committing a crime,” says Beckman.