Homicide victims honored by families, Metro police

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Dozens of families will fill Centennial Park on Thursday to honor loved ones lost to homicide.

The Season to Remember memorial service is an annual event sponsored by Metro police’s Victim Intervention Program, the District Attorney’s Office, Tennessee Voices for Victims, and the United States Attorney’s Office.

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For 23 years, families and friends have had a chance to heal and celebrate loved ones before the holidays.

Patrick Lanier has gone to the event two years now after his brother was shot along Clarksville Pike two years ago. 

“Ricardo Lanier’s life was taken, big part of our family. It’s my baby brother, it was my mother’s heart, my dad’s rock, and his death was murder,” Lanier said. “I remember everything he left me with, his smile, his silly acting, his son. I’m thankful for the time god gave me with him.”

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On Thursday, Lanier was far from alone.

Families packed in tightly at Centennial Park, holding each other for warmth and support until it was their turn to visit the tree.

Each came prepared with a specially made ornament. Across Lanier’s was his message to his brother.

“If wishes only came true, then we would still be able to hug and love on you,” said Lanier. “Let him know that he’s in our heart, he’s in our mind, every day. Every day.”

There have been 100 homicides so far in Nashville this year–the highest since 1997, when there were 112.

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