Humanizing Victims of Violent Crime

Please forgive the use of the word ‘humanize’ in my title. I don’t mean to imply that victims of violent crime are inhuman, or less human than those who haven’t been victimized. However, after visiting a homicidal crime memorial last week and listening to the stories of those who have lost family members due to violence, it became apparent that they felt as if their loved ones weren’t given the dignity and respect that each and every person on this Earth deserves.

The memorial, which displayed 135 pairs of shoes – one for each victim of criminal homicide in Indianapolis in 2014, was housed for two days at the Central Library in downtown Indianapolis.

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Here is a link to the story I wrote about the memorial for the Indianapolis Recorder Newspaper.