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Tennesseans honor murder victims in memorial ceremonies

10:09 PM, Dec 7, 2012   |    comments
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East Tennesseans gathered Friday to remember their loved ones lost to violent crimes.

Friends and family of homicide victims met at the Scott County Justice Center in Huntsville Friday evening.  

During the ceremony, they each placed ornaments, which represented someone who lost their life to a violent crime, on a wreath.

The Scott County Women's Shelter organized Friday's ceremony to help family and friends, going through the season without their loved ones, make it through the holidays.

Locals wanted a remembrance ceremony closer to home, instead of traveling to the state's ceremony in Nashville.

Family members of murdered victims, along with Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam, also hung ornaments on memorial wreaths in Nashville Friday.

Former First Lady Andrea Conte started the annual holiday tradition in 2002.  Conte, herself, survived a violent crime.

The governor has named this holiday season a "Tennessee Season to Remember."

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