It is estimated that 14,249 people each year are murdered nationwide…this is 39 murders per day – and that is only the reported murders!
The National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims on September 25 came to be after the U.S. Senate unanimously passed resolutions on October 16, 2007 (S. Res. 326) and the U.S. House of Representatives on May 14, 2007 (H. Res. 223). On this day we honor the memory of victims who have been killed by violence. We also acknowledge the long-term trauma that survivors of this violence deal with every day. Survivors and co-victims include family and friends, as well as their communities…they all suffer, every single day, in their own way. For each and every victim there are many co-victims left behind, they are called the survivors.
Raising awareness can bring about positive changes for victims and survivors, that is why we must never forget the victims. Families deserve answers and everyone deserves justice.
It has been said, “Awareness is most certainly the greatest agent for change,” and that is exactly what FOHVAMP http://www.unresolvedhomicides.org is trying to accomplish…change. Not only in supporting the co-victims, but also by trying to bring about positive changes for victims and survivors, by leveling the ‘playing field’ for victims, as well as co-victims, for those families and friends left behind after a horrific murder.
Let us NEVER forget. Please remember to read the book, “Survivors” by Dennis N. Griffin https://www.amazon.com/dp/195071201X
Since its inception, the song below, We Are the Survivors© has reached and touched so many people around the country. The song was adopted as the National theme song for Parents of Murdered Children, Inc®. and has been shared with many other support organizations as well. https://www.pomc.com/songs/new_survivor_song.mp3
Richard Wright and Kim Tewksbury were the original creators of the song, We Are the Survivors©.
We Are The Survivors
There are those of us whose mothers have been taken from our arms,
There are those of us with children we could not keep safe from harm.
There are those of us who’ve lived to see our fathers lose their lives,
and in our dreams we’ll keep them all alive,
cause each and every one of us survives.
We are the survivors, left behind to carry on.
We are the survivors, joined together we are strong.
We will speak out for our loved ones who were not given a choice.
We are the survivors, hear our voice.
Maybe some of us have brothers who were here, but now they’re gone,
You can ask about our sisters, because their memory is strong.
We are sons and we are daughters, we are husbands, we are wives,
and friends who try to keep their dreams alive,
And each and every one of us survives.
With a part of us that never heals, and a fear of the unknown,
There’s a strength in knowing through it all, you’re not alone.
We are the survivors, hear our voice.
‘SURVIVORS’ is available for order in both paperback and Kindle formats. I was honored to be a contributor to this book – you can read about Morgan’s story in Chapter 7.
‘Survivors’ was released on August 1, 2010, only 3 weeks ago, and it is still the #1 New Release on Amazon under Criminal Evidence, with all 5-star ratings. Yay! It’s a great read and hard to put down. I would encourage you to read it if you have the chance.
I am so very grateful to Dennis Griffin for all his expertise and hard work that he has put into this book, as well as his dedication to the families/co-victims of all these under-investigated cases. The Washington Post did research on only REPORTED cases of homicide, (like many of these stories in the book, so many suspicious deaths that are real homicides go unreported because they have been misreported) and The Washington Post stated, “Out of 54,868 homicides in 55 cities, over the past decade, 50 percent did not result in an arrest.” In my opinion, in this day and age, this is not acceptable. This is “murder with impunity!“
“The survivors of victims of murder and suspicious death are often victimized twice—first by the loss of their loved one and subsequently by the system they rely on for justice. In pursuit of police transparency and search for justice, retired investigator Dennis Griffin takes us inside the world of real crime cases to expose the shocking truth behind the alarming number of unsolved murders and suspicious deaths classified as accidental, self-inflicted, or natural—with little to no investigation.” Listen here to ImaginePublicity on Air on Blog Talk Radio doing an interview: Dennis N. Griffin and SURVIVORS Anthology. https://www.blogtalkradio.com/insidelenz/2019/08/07/imaginepublicity-on-air-dennis-n-griffin-and-survivors-anthology?fbclid=IwAR0FzCj9-NIN8Pllj1D9BVCRIoQ-u9fwuTIuIk9KaMofU0Fc7ATa9bdqMEc