National Day of Remembrance Parents of Murdered Children

Remarks of:

Ventura County District Attorney
Gregory D. Totten

National Day of Remembrance
Parents of Murdered Children

September 25, 2012

In 2010, nearly 15,000 people were murdered or were the victims of manslaughter nationwide. This equates to one murder every 35.6 seconds. Sadly, 21 of these homicides were committed in Ventura County – a number that, thankfully, well below our average of 32 homicides per year.

Yet, statistics can never tell the whole story. For murder not only takes the life of the innocent victim, it also leaves scars and wounds on those left behind. The lives of mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, husbands and wives are forever changed – families disrupted – health and finances irreparably harmed.

Only victims truly know the trauma crime can produce. And as one victim so appropriately described it, “There is a hole in my heart that never be filled.”

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