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Hundreds of murder victims remembered during Sunday ceremony

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Family and friends continue to mourn the loss of a life cut short. Two years ago Sunday a 21-year-old was shot to death in a Louisville parking lot.

Camden McCroskey's little brother and mother said some days are still dark. They were at a "Compassion Ceremony" Sunday along with the families of hundreds of other victims.

"He died on April the 3rd, 2009. He was nice, played basketball, and he was a good big brother," 13-year-old Darian McCroskey said about his brother.

Two years ago Camden McCroskey was shot to death in a ValuMarket parking lot. Two men were arrested and charged with murder.

"It's a dark place. It's dark and it's lonely, and it's something you never think is going to happen to your own family," McCroskey's mother Kim Hammond Vanderhaar said.

Camden McCroskey is one of 498 people killed in a criminal homicide during the past eight years since the metro merger. One by one the names of those victims were read in front of family and friends.

"It pains me because those numbers represent more than numbers. Those are individuals who have family and loved ones in this room today," LMPD Police Chief Robert White said.

White and homicide detective Lt. Barry Wilkerson promised to keep pushing their message of compassion and team work to cut down on crime.

"It's going to take every member of every neighborhood to make Louisville successful," Wilkerson said.

LMPD has more than 400 cold cases dating all the way back to the 1960s. Some of the faces of those impacted by those cases were at Sunday's ceremony.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer was also at the ceremony. He announced a new committee he's putting together to help families impacted by murder. That committee will get together for the first time on June 5.

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