Families affected by violence honor loved ones in Season of Remembrance

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MEMPHIS, Tenn.-- You've no doubt heard the grim statistic in Memphis, with a little more than a month to go in 2016 there have been more than 200 homicides in the city so far this year.

However one thing the Shelby County District Attorney's Office doesn't want you to forget, especially during the holiday season, is the number of families affected. Tonight dozens of loved ones who have lost loved ones over the years in the county came together for a "Season of Remembrance."

With every name their is a face, a family, and a story.

"Her name is Telessa Cain and she died October 12 and I just miss her a lot," said Terry Mosley Monday night.

12-year-old Terry Mosley is remembering his 53-year-old grandmother. Killed in Orange Mound this year.

"I wont be able to see her. You know graduate college and high school and stuff like that so I didn't see her very long," he said.

They can no longer share memories but an angel Christmas ornament will help keep Terry's grandmother's spirit alive. 28-year-old Bria Isaac's family also brought ornaments to the ceremony at city hall. She was killed in October in midtown. Her family said they're still waiting on an arrest in her murder.

"I watch TV and I see other family members how they grieve and stuff and I only can imagine how they saying, you know what I'm saying? But now since it happened to us, to our family? I know how they feel now. I know how they feel. I cry every day," said her uncle James Isaac.

On Monday, brought together by tragedy, family members of victims found some comfort in each other as they placed ornaments in memory of their loved ones on wreaths.

"It wasn't just about my son, in there it was about a family, we all have family gone, taken too soon," said Nicole Rhyne, whose son was killed on his 25th birthday in May.

District Attorney Amy Weirich said her office puts the even on the say thank you to the families.

"Their loved ones memory and spirit is what is going to win out and not the evil," she explained.

Something 12-year-old Terry Mosley is remembering as his grandmother now looks down on him.

"I'm a basketball player. I want her to be able to see me play in the NBA," he said with a smile.

The wreaths with the ornaments will be hung in the Hall of Mayors in City Hall throughout the holiday season.

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