WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - Song, dance and prayer filled the John Wesley United Methodist Church as dozens of families celebrated loved ones they've lost to violent crimes at the 14th annual Survivors of Homicide candle light vigil.
"Many of them look forward to this celebration because it's a celebration," says victims advocate Easter LaRoche. "It's not a funeral. It's a celebration."
Nietta Wright came to honor her son 25-year-old Dominique Ladson. Ladson was shot and killed during a home invasion last month in North Charleston.
"I just don't believe it actually. I'm still thinking he's going to walk through my door and say what's up mom."
Ladson's killers are still at large. Wright says their arrests would help her heal.
"He was looking forward to the New Year coming in and everything. It's very hard. It's a struggle, but I'm going to have peace and joy as soon as they find out who did it and why."
LaRoche says unresolved cases add to the trauma. She hopes the vigil brought some peace to loved ones.