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LMPD launches Homicide Support Group for murder victim's families

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LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- After every murder, there's a family left behind grieving and wanting answers.

There's a new group in Louisville to help them through the hardest times.

The new homicide support group has been launched by a detective who knows exactly what these families have been through.

"My father was murdered when I was six years old overseas and we never got answers," LMPD Homicide Detective John Fogle told WDRB.

Fogle has served on Louisville's police force for twenty years.

"With my own personal situation, I had to repeat the first grade. I was a wreck. I had to repeat the first grade because I'd go to school and just look out the window looking for my father so I know what it's like," said Fogle.

Fogle did some research and realized Louisville lacked a group dedicated to helping murder victim's families.

The resources were there but the connection wasn't.

There's a home page for the homicide support group on Louisville's city web site.

Click here to find links to local resource centers.

Fogle says his group will also host homicide support group meetings, where it will meet with family members in an intimate setting, where they can share their thoughts with each other.

"The problem for a lot of families is they can never get closure, even if there's been an arrest made, they can't get closure because they don't know how to cope," said Det. Fogle.

The site has only been live for a few weeks but Fogle has high hopes for it.

"I've been reaching out to family members to see who would be receptive to it and it's been a positive response so far."

Lorraine Wright plans to attend the first homicide support group meeting this July.

Her son Paul Barber was murdered during a home invasion in August of last year.

"I sit at work sometimes and I think about him and get sad. I'll sit at home and think about him. We'll have family gatherings , it's like where's my PJ?" said Wright.

Wright believes it will be beneficial for her and hopes other family members of murder victims get involved.

"It will give me a way of dealing and coping and actually seeing how other people are handling their situation," she told WDRB.

"I know what it's like when family members get upset and complain and feel like the department is not doing enough but we are and I feel like we can help them understand why things are moving a little slow or why things aren't going the way you hoped they would," said Fogle.

Also on that web page, you'll find Louisville's current unsolved murders with pictures of the victims.

LMPD hopes putting a face to the name will help bring in new tips for old cases.

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