Support group helps murder victim families

Support group helps murder victim families

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Many nights we're telling you about the latest shooting or violent crime in Savannah.

But behind each incident and statistic is a family left grieving for years to come.

WTOC met with some families who are on that journey together. And it's all thanks to a special support group.

The group is called "Voices of Homicide Victims," and it's organized by the District Attorney's Office for people who have had loved ones killed. It's a club they all wish they didn't have to be a part of, but one they're glad to have.

"It's not easy, and it's something we will never get over. I think about my son each and every day," said Joyce Green, group member.

Green's son was killed in 2009, but it was too hard for her to talk about it with anyone, until last month.

She says the support of this group has helped her along the way.

"It don't make it easy, but it helps to hear that I'm not the only one with problems," Green said.

The group meets on the third Thursday of every month at the Chatham County Courthouse, but in December, they meet at Greater Gaines Chapel AME Church on May Street to have dinner.

Thursday's rain kept a lot of their bus-riding members at home, but the group's organizer said they normally have about 30 people come each month.

"My son is the only person that called me momma. And they took that away from me, you know," said Lucinda Chisholm, group member.

Chisholm lost her son in 2003. They still haven't tracked down his killer.

"When I first started coming, I had people that helped me. And as time went by, now I am able to help somebody else who might be going through the same thing. And I can relate to them what I went through and what I had to deal with," said Chisholm.

The group's organizer is a victim advocate with the District Attorney's Office, so she didn't want to show her face on camera. But she said in her 26 years of doing this, this is among the worst she's seen it.

"I wish I had a magic wand and I could just wave it around and get people to love each other, but I don't have that. So it's one, you got to reach one at a time, and that's what I try to do," she said.

The church where they met Thursday night is in an area not unfamiliar with the kind of violent crime that has affected the lives of these group members. Just this past weekend, police responded to a shooting just yards from the church.

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