Murder victims to be remembered at Friday ceremony

A “Day of Remembrance” for murder victims will be held Friday at the state Capitol.

It starts at 11 a.m. in the Capitol rotunda, with speakers who will talk about their lost loved ones, demand justice for victims and families and urge the community to work to end murder and violence.

A bell ringing also will be held in Duluth at 3 p.m. at the Memorial Bell Garden at Lake Place Park.

Organizers say about 17,000 people are murdered each year; last year, there were 109 homicides in Minnesota.

The national event is sponsored by Parents of Murdered Children, Inc. Minnesota co-sponsors include: Citizens for a Safer Minnesota, Council on Crime and Justice, Minnesota Alliance on Crime, Peace Foundation, Parents of Murdered Children, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and Twin Cities Anti-Violence Coalition.

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