Families gather to remember murdered loved ones

Families of murder victims gather to remember
Sister Miller is a chaplain at the Charleston County Detention Center. (Source: Deja Knight)
Sister Miller is a chaplain at the Charleston County Detention Center. (Source: Deja Knight)

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Sixth Annual Day of Remembrance was honored in the lowcountry on Tuesday at the Lonnie Hamilton Public Works Building. People who were left behind when their loved ones were murdered remembered homicide victims.  Loved ones shared their stories in a room of people who are struggling with similar situations.  A prayer of kind words by a woman whose story is like many of the others.

Sister Tiyes Miller is a chaplain at the Charleston County Jail.  In 1998, when she was giving a Bible study to juvenile delinquents, her son was murdered a few miles away.

"I didn't know how bad he was, but I'm reminded of where i was in God's will teaching young kids that theres a better way not to get into trouble," said Miller.

Her son, Billy Jackson was 19 years old when he was murdered on his way home from work.  His four killers were arrested a short time later.  This February will mark 19 years for Sister Miller's service in the detention center.

"I'll never give up helping other kids because of what happened to me."

In tonight's Memorial service for murder victims, strangers came together. Many of them left as family.

"Now i have a whole nother family. we laugh together, cry together," said Miller.

Candles were passed out to represent those who are no longer with us. Victims advocates also encouraged loved ones to think of good memories. The Charleston County Sheriff's Office and MUSC's Survivors of Homicide Center sponsored the event.

A Victim's Advocate said, on average, about 50 people are murdered in the tri-counties every year.