By: Kara Duffy
April 4, 2014
Colquitt County, GA- Pictures and memories filled the Colquitt County Courthouse Friday as dozens of people came together to remember their loved ones, gone too soon.
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"He was such a loving young man," said Dorothy Hewitt-Jones. "At any given time, he would be willing to help in any way he could."
It was all part of the kickoff ceremony to the 30th Annual National Crime Victims' Rights Week. The goal is to promote victims' rights, while also honoring victims of crime and their families.
"Sometimes when the case is over and the file is closed, I think often times they feel forgotten and no one remembers anymore and this is just an opportunity for them to know that we remember, law enforcement remembers and the community still remembers what they went through," said Brian McDaniel, the Colquitt County Assistant District Attorney.
Lola Lee's brother and son, Eric, were both killed in a drive-by shooting in March 2013.
"I love my child and I miss him, oh I miss him dearly," she said. "He was my best friend."
Dorothy Hewitt-Jones also shared the story of her son Billy Hewitt, Junior's death. The 29-year-old was robbed and shot twice outside his Moultrie home in 2011.
Hewitt left behind a young son.
"Our family is left having to explain to a three-year-old what has happened to Billy," Jones said.
Both mothers say the annual ceremony is a way for them to connect with and support other grieving families as well as victims of crime.
"We are all sharing something that we have been through," said Lee. "Some people come to you and say, 'I know how you feel,' but they never went through it; so they don't know. They can only imagine."
National Crime Victims’ Rights Week will be observed April 6-12, 2014.
Ceremonies are scheduled during that time in both Thomasville and Valdosta to honor crime victims.
This year's theme is "30 Years: Restoring the Balance of Justice."