AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Governor LePage has proclaimed today as Maine Day of Remembrance for victims of murder.
A special ceremony was held in Augusta today to remember the victims and to show support for their surviving relatives.
Many of those relatives have come to know each other over the years through the work of a support group called Parents of Murdered Children.
Arthur Jette leads the group. His grandson 21-month Treven Cunningham was murdered along with his baby sitter back in 1999. He says the grief relatives of murder victims experience is different than the grief others feel when the lose a loved one. That's why it's so important for them to have each other to lean on.
"It's difficult to accept that somebody else on their own initiative decided to end the life of somebody that you love", he said.
The names of victims were read and stories about them were told. The names that were not mentioned today were those of the perpetrators.