LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Hundreds of people linked by tragedy walked the streets of downtown Louisville Sunday afternoon, and every person taking part in the walk did so in memory of a friend or loved one who was murdered.
Community activist and victims advocate Christopher 2X recently organized what he called "The Voices of the Survivors, Walk for Answers." The event was open to family members of murder victims with cases that have remained unsolved for the past five decades.
He said he did not expect such an enormous turnout for Sunday's event.
Many of the families showed their support to other families who are going through the same pain.
"They're trying to express their love the day before Valentine's Day, not in an individual way, just [in] a way that's a powerful symbolic symbol of not only hope for answers, but also to express love the day before Valentine's day," 2X said.
Some showed their support by carrying pictures of their loved ones and placing roses in Jefferson Square.
Kim Vanderhaar's son, 21-year-old Camden McCroskey, was gunned down in the parking lot of the ValuMarket in the 7500 block of the Outer Loop in August of 2009. While police have made arrests, the case is still working its way through the judicial system.
"It's life-altering," Kim Vanderhaar said. "It changes your life forever and my heart just goes out to every one of these people - especially the mothers. It's so hard to lose your child, and especially to a violent crime."
2X says this was the first "Voices of the Survivors, Walk for Answers," but he plans to have similar events in the future.