Anti-violence vigil held in Birmingham

Anti-violence vigil held in Birmingham

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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

In Birmingham on Monday night, a city-wide vigil was held last night to remember those people killed in 2012.

People held pictures and wore t-shirts with their loved one's face. Folks became very emotional as they remembered the lives taken from away by gun violence.

The names of each murder victim were read out loud and people lit a candle when their loved one's name was called. There were 67 Birmingham murder victims read aloud and 7 other names were read. They were from murders that happened in Homewood, Hoover, Bessemer and Midfield.

Elizabeth Hawthorne's 23-year-old son was killed in January. She says she is not over it and a big part of her was taken away with her son.

"I pray to God everyday and he gives me a little strength each day. It's one thing if you lose another family member, but to lose someone you have given birth to is a totally different story," said Hawthorne.

December was a violent month for Birmingham as there were at least 7 murders. Sgt. Johnny Williams says of the 67 homicides this year, 5 were ruled justifiable. He says a lot of the killings were not random and the victim and suspect knew each other.

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