Families remember loved ones who died from crime
LITTLE ROCK (KATV) —
An array of crime statistics list Arkansas as the 10th most dangerous state, and some surviving family members know that all too well
Sunday marked the start of a week, where for more than 30 years, our nation has set to support people who have had a family member subject to crime.
The beginning of National Crime Victims' Rights Week marks just another week for grieving families.
"Crime touched, not just the people that are directly affected, but it affects the whole world," said Elaine Colclasure, the chapter leader for Parents of Murdered Children.
Ribbons attached to family members waved in the wind outside, symbolic of a piece of their life no longer around. Colclasure is no exception.
"My husband Charles was murdered in July of 1989 and they found his body just right over there in the river," she pointed following the event at the Clinton Presidential Center. "He has been shot six times and run over by his car three times."
Colclasure's said her husband, a former Little Rock businessman, remains with her as she tries to help others in similar situations.
"I consider myself a survivor."
Three men were convicted of the murder on Colclasure's husband, but not every family member receives the closure that justice is served.
"My son was shot March 13, 2006 and it's an unsolved case," said Norma Thompson about her son Fred.
It's been seven years since Thompson lost her son to an unknown murder, and now she's left with a gap since the case has gone cold.
A similar instance several of the families this group supports are also dealing with.
Norma tells us she gives and receives support from this outreach. Now she's constantly working to remember the good times with Fred, especially around the holidays.
"I would always fix some dressing and hide it for him, so I still cook that dressing and hide it for him, my son Fred," she said.
This week's events include ceremonies, memorial services and forums on dealing with certain crimes.
Arkansas' ranking is according to CQ Press's annual report that factors in murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and motor vehicle theft.