Victims’ Families

We believe that it is time to shift our focus and put victims’ families first.

When murder happens, it is the family of the victim that suffers the most and the longest, yet our system focuses almost exclusively on the murderer.

Are you a family member of a murder victim against the death penalty? Use your voice and sign this letter in support of repeal.

A growing number of murder victims’ families are choosing to share their most personal and painful stories of loss to speak out against death penalty. For them, the unthinkable has happened, they have lost a loved one.  They are now speaking out to say that the death penalty does not help them.

These are the families’ stories.

Anne Coleman

Kristin Froehlich

Walt Everett

Dennis Marshall

Richard Kiger

Share Your Story

Many family members who have lost a loved one to murder are working to repeal the death penalty because they do not think we should answer violence with more violence and that a sentence of true life in prison is an appropriate punishment. If you have lost a loved one to murder and you would like to join the repeal movement please sign the Murder Victims’ Families sign-on letter or email us!

Support for Murder Victims’ Families

We can support murder victims’ families and all crime victims by adopting innovative policies and using the money saved by repeal of the death penalty on additional services.

Some possibilities include:

  • Unpaid employee leave to attend court proceedings;
  • Financial support and scholarships for children who have lost a parent to murder;
  • Improved services such as:
    • Grief counseling
    • Crisis intervention
    • Funeral assistance
    • Crime scene cleanup
    • Emergency funds

There are two national organizations led and staffed by individuals who have suffered the loss of a loved one—Murder Victims Families for Human Rights and Murder Victims Families for Reconciliation. Please do not hesitate to reach out to them with your questions.

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