Friends and family members of those who lost loved ones gathered by the Hudson River Wednesday in Poughkeepsie, all to remember victims of deadly crimes, which has been on an increase in the city. Our Michael Howard has the story.
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- Some people still feel numb, lost and in shock after their loved ones were victims of a deadly crime. Those like Janice Shell.
“Shy, but a very sweet young lady, very helpful, caring to others,” said Shell.
Shell's daughter, Shequila Brown, was the victim of a deadly hit and run back in March in Poughkeepsie. The driver has yet to be found.
“You wake up every day and it forces you to accept the fact that your child is not there and not coming home,” she said.
Wednesday, Family Services took a moment of silence on September 25th. It is known across the nation as National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims.
“We wanted to do this to honor those families and victims who have lost their loves through violence,” said Family Services Coordinator Kathy Peluso.
In Poughkeepsie, there have been seven murders this year so far, according to Detective Matthew Clark, with the victims ranging from 18 to 99-year-old Fannie Gumbinger.
“There is a lot more gun violence,” said Clark.
Clark says while all other crime is down, the cause of most the violence is due to two certain groups.
“There has been an increase in shootings in the last several years,” said Clark. “And homicides and we believe it’s mostly attributed to these two groups that are in conflict.”
The impact he says affects everyone.
“The impact that it has on the people working on the homicide and you’re also thinking about what caused it, so there’s a lot that’s going through your mind.”
Shell says she is praying the violence in the city will come to an end and the driver who killed her daughter will come forward.
“I know that I’ll see my daughter again in heaven,” Shell said.