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LOUISVILLE, KY (WDRB) -- It's a race few of the participants ever wanted to enter. That's because most of them were family members of homicide victims.
More than 100 people showed up early Sunday at the Resthaven Memorial Park in Louisville for a 5k run/walk to benefit the Kentucky Victims of Homicide Memorial - a wall dedicated to the victims of violent crimes.
"There's people out here, everyone of us has had someone murdered and you get it. You get it and you understand and you know the pain," said Katherine Nichols.
Katherine Nichols' pain began five years ago. That's when her brother, Jim Duckett, was murdered in his Shelby County home - his throat was slashed, his truck stolen and recovered a short time later. Five years later, with no arrests, the only thing concrete in Jim's case is his name cemented on the memorial wall along with other names of homicide victims.
"Jim has a grave. But to have his name on here means that people acknowledge that he was wrongfully killed," Nichols said.
The Kentucky Victims of Homicide Memorial - erected several years ago - is a place of peace for these families. Proceeds from the first annual Run for Remembrance will be used to help to add names to the wall.
"It's a place where you go, where you feel normal, where you have something in common. Where people understand what's go through every day. And they acknowledge your pain," Nichols said.
For others, Sunday's run/walk was a chance to connect. Corey Mill's won the race for his aunt, who was killed long before he could even walk.
"I didn't get to meet her before I was born so I by winning this today, I think she's looking down on me - because I did it for her," said Mills.
Crossing this finish line may not bring with it the same sense of victory as other races, though you wouldn't know it by the cheers of support.
"Until you've been in our shoes. You don't understand," Nichols said.
Proceeds from the run/walk will go to benefit the upkeep of the memorial.