"My son's name was Brandon Shawn Hughes," said Tamberly Hughes. "I miss him as much today as I did the first day it happened."
Hughes gathered Sunday on the day set aside nationally to remember murder victims and met with others who have suffered.
They shared stories of their loved ones who were taken unexpectedly and violently, and not just parents sought comfort during the remembrance.
Elaine Colclasure's husband, Charles, was murdered in Little Rock more than 20 years ago.
She became involved with the Central Arkansas Chapter for Parents of Murdered Children after attending the meetings with her mother-in-law.
"By trying to help other people, it helped me too," Colclasure said.
Colclasure and others take opportunities like this National Day of Remembrance to lift each other up and focus on moving forward, even if their worlds will never be the same.
Pictures of their loved ones lined a table and served as a reminder these were more than murder victims -- they were sons and daughters.
"He was the most wonderful person you'd ever want to meet," Hughes said.
If you are the family member of a murder victim you can seek help here.