The National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims was observed Wednesday afternoon outside the Oklahoma County courthouse.
District Attorney David Prater hosted the event, which was attended by about three dozen family members of slain men, women and children.
Judge Donald Deason was the keynote speaker at the event. He spoke of public perception of judges, but guaranteed homicide victims' families that the impartiality of the bench above all sought to guarantee that relatives would only have to endure one trial.
Homer Williams, 86, led the gathering in a prayer. Williams' son was murdered 24 years ago, he said.
“Time heals some of the hurt, but the scars don't ever go away,” Williams said.
“Amazing Grace” was also performed by Carly Vargas, Oklahoma Our Diamond Miss Teen Miss Talent winner.
“You are loved by a lot of people. I personally want you to know that I love you,” Prater said to the gathered relatives, many of whom placed ribbons upon a wreath during the ceremony.
“There is no closure,” Prater said. “There may be a new normal, but there is no closure.”