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Crime Victims Rights Week in Nashville--Mikayla Lewis

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.-- City leaders gathered at Centennial Park today for the annual Crime Victims Rights Week. Families and victims impacted by violence shared their experiences and support for a better justice system.

Torry Johnson, District Attorney General said, "We're having this ceremony, we have  the season to remember, our office has a very large victim, witness coordinators trained to work with victims of violent crime. We've done a lot, but that  doesn't mean you can rest, and there is nothing else to do. "

Metro Police say Nashville homicide number dropped to the lowest ever last year.

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean said, "It's more than just statistics, and I think that its important that a community say we're supportive . What we need to do as a city is focus on our weaknesses and concentrate on trying to fix those things."

The ceremony concluded with a balloon release in honor of all victims of crime, like Jim Marable's 19-year-old daughter. She was raped and murdered in 1990.

Marable said, "I think about my daughter every day of my life, but it gets easier. But there's no closure. "

The Nashville Crime Victims Rights Week is partnered with a national campaign and runs through April 12th with a display honoring victims at the Downtown Library through the 13th.

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