Parents of Murdered Children Holds Annual Victims Holiday Vigil

By Morgan Montalvo

WOAI News 

Families  of children murdered in the San Antonio area last evening gathered for a  candle and photo remembrance at a northwest side worship center, News  Radio 1200 WOAI reports.  

About  30 members and supporters of the organization Parents of Murdered  Children met in the parish hall of St. Luke’s Catholic Church near Loop  410 and Callaghan Road to share their memories of the victims and  updates on what, for some, remain unsolved cases. 

Spokeswoman  Aurora Valek’s son was murdered more than a decade ago and it took  years for detectives to develop a break in the case. During that time  she raised her grandson, and became involved with the organization. 

“When  it happened to me, I didn’t know where to turn. And somebody told me  about Parents of Murdered Children. I came here and they helped me a  lot.  

“They guided me through all the process,” Valek says. “And eventually, my case was solved.” 

Longtime  members of the group, she says, are lifelines for parents of children  murdered more recently, and helping new members navigate the  investigatory process and difficult days in a courtroom when a suspect  stands trial.

 “They’re suffering a lot. They cannot move to the next step. They can hardly take a step,” Valek says. 

Area  law enforcement agencies, she say, maintain close ties to the group,  offering case updates at meetings and making support visits throughout  the year.

PHOTO: Photos, candles and flowers adorn a table at  last night's Parents of Murdered Children annual victims vigil at St.  Luke's Catholic Church. Photo by Morgan Montalvo

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