Local support group to honor murder victims

PHARR — The Rio Grande Valley Families and Friends of Murdered Children Inc. will be hosting an event to honor victims of murder and violent crimes.

The organization will be hosting their 7th annual National Day of Remembrance for Murdered Victims on Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Pharr Events Center.

The event will feature the testimonies from victims who have experienced traumatic events. There will be a candlelight vigil and release of balloons at the end of the event.

“It’s to bring awareness to the community, and it’s a national movement.” explained Robert Garcia, who is the CEO and founder of the group organizing the event. “I represent National Organization of Parents of Murdered Children here in the Valley. We have seen 242 victims that have died through violence.”

Garcia said the event will also honor the memories of the late State Trooper Moises Sanchez and Mission Police Officer Jose “Speedy” Espericueta.

“They call it the end of watch. We will honor them as well. We treat all murder victims as human beings. We provide dignity, compassion and respect,” Garcia explained. “We invite all community members, supporters, victim supporters, law enforcement to be in attendance.”

The event will also feature music by the JesTus Brothers. Edinburg Chief of Police Cesar Torres will also be present as the keynote speaker.

Anyone who would like more information about the event and the support group is encouraged to visit the group’s Facebook page.