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Families of homicide victims 'standing together' in Springfield

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) - Over 50 names of homicide victims were read and remembered during a ceremony in downtown Springfield on Thursday night.

For the first time in Western Massachusetts, families and friends congregated to share stories in public light at ‘Standing Together: Homicides Victims Remembrance'.

“It's a club nobody wants to belong to,” Michelle Mathison from Chicopee said. “It's a tough place to be but to know there are others out there that understand; it's comforting.”

Mathison lost her 20-year-old daughter Amanda Plasse when she was murdered in Chicopee in 2011.

The event was put on by District Attorney General Anthony Gulluni in partnership with Baystate Medical Center and the Massachusetts Office for Victims Ass1stance through a Victims of Crime Act of 1984.

Of the names read and remembered, the youngest was 18-months-old.

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