Memorial Wall Remembers Victims Of Crime

By Erik Burling

July 22, 2010 Updated Apr 14, 2008 at 10:58 PM EDT

Lives lost to violence, lives lost to drunk driving.

A Memorial Wall in Johnson City is on display for National Crime Victims Rights Week.

It gives families a chance to honor their loved ones.

And the community a chance to reflect.

More than 70 people are remembered on this Memorial Wall.

Pictures, drawings, and notes from loved ones are posted...

Reflecting on the lives of men, women and children who were killed in the Broome County area.

"It makes us feel very sad to think that there are so many families that have gone through what we have to go through," says Betty Wilcox of Afton.

Jim Wilcox of Afton was shot and killed while working at a convenience store 26 years ago.

In a couple weeks his parents will face their son's killer at a parole hearing.

The Wilcox's will testify, and have to re-live their loss.

"And I don't think that's fair. You're back to day one, it starts all over again, the healing, any healing that you have had goes out the window," says Betty.

The Crime Victim's Assistance Center understands.

"It's a grieving process that truly never ends for people," says Raini Baudenistel of the Crime Victims Assistance Center.

This is the 10th year its created this Memorial Wall at the Oakdale Mall.

Not only to help the families, but to make everyone more aware of the toll violence can take.

Bill Mahoney lost his step-daughter Lisa just two years ago.

"You kind of see it on T.V. And what not and you really can't associate. And when it happens to you you can really feel it. Then you feel the other people too as you look at this wall," says Mahoney.

The Wilcox's wants survivors of crime and other families to look at them.

"We're still here, we're still going. And I think maybe we can be a little inspiration to others," says Betty Wilcox.

"If it can be learned from this let's just try and end the violence," says Mahoney.

So more names won't be added to this wall.

The Memorial Wall is on display in front of Macy's at the Oakdale Mall through next Monday.

There are other events taking place.

Tuesday, you can attend a Survivor's Tribute at Cheri Lindsey Park in Binghamton at 6 pm.

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