Local group discusses crime victims memorial

A St.Joseph woman is working to bring a memorial honoring victims of violent crimes to the city.

Posted: Jul 31, 2018 6:37 PM

(St.Joseph,MO) A St.Joseph woman is working to bring a memorial honoring victims of violent crimes to the city.

Monday night Gloria Watson and along with several families from the Missing and Endangered [people] of Northwest Missouri group spoke with the city council about the need to build a memorial honoring those who lost their lives to violent crimes.

Watson lost her son in 2004 after he and his fiance were fatally shot inside their St. Joseph home. Watson currently works with over 70 families that have experienced similar loss of a loved one to violent crimes and said the memorial would help families pay tribute to their lost loved ones.

“I think this is good for the town. There have been too many victims of violent crimes that have lost their lives in this town. It’s something we’ve wanted to do for years, we’re just getting it going,” Watson said

Watson said the group does not have any blueprints of what the finished memorial will look like, but the memorial will feature the names of all victims of violent crimes in St.Joseph.

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