Event offers healing for families of violent death victims - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Event offers healing for families of violent death victims

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Whether their loved ones' lives were taken by homicide, suicide, or tragic accident, families affected by violent death came together at the Muhammad Ali Center Sunday for a healing event.

Grief counseling center, Hosparus, along with the Interfaith Paths to Peace and the Louisville Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention hosted the "Hope and Healing" event.

The program was organized to remember those who have died violent deaths, and to provide support to their family and friends.

Katherine Nichols, Head of Kentuckians' Voice for Crime Victims and someone who has been touched by homicide herself, used the event as an opportunity to cry openly without judgement or guilt.

"No one in here will tell you to get over it, no one will tell you to let it go, no one will tell you to move on," she said. "A tragic death is one of those where you don't get time to say goodbye. And there are so many unspoken words you want to say, and they understand."

Nichols' brother, James Duckett, was killed in November 2008 at his home in Shelbyville.

"It was brutal," Nichols said. "Brutal and sadistic You don't stop missing. You never stop missing them."

Nichol's loss is something that bonds her to a complete stranger-- Pam Lewis--who lost her nephew, Bryan Lewis, in 2012 when someone broke into his mother's home, shooting and killing both him and his dog.

To this day, both murder cases remain unsolved.

"Not having any answers is almost enough to drive you crazy," said Lewis.

But at Sunday's event, they found someone who understands.

"It's a club nobody wants to be in, but unfortunately because of somebody else's actions, this is where we're at."

If you have information about Lewis' murder, contact LMPD's anonymous tipline at (502) 574-LMPD.

If you do have information about Duckett's murder, call Kentucky State Police at (502) 227-2221.

The "Hope and Healing" event was made possible thanks in large part to donations from the Muhammad Ali Center and the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth.

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