NEW ORLEANS -- The pain of losing someone to violence never goes away, but Sunday at St. Louis Cathedral families could find comfort in an ever-growing community.
“I don’t have but one child left. Crime in this city is so bad,” said Cynthia Glover. She lost three of her four children to gun violence. Two of them were shot right around the corner from her West Bank home. “Every day I get up and look for my kids and I live right there where my children died.”
Glover was one of dozens who came to pay tribute to their loved ones during the annual Victims and Survivors of Violence Mass organized by the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Relatives carried photos of their murdered love ones and placed them on the altar. Many who attended were looking for peace, after suffering through the worst time of their lives.
Nikki Roy's nephew and his best friend were gunned down outside their Broadmoor home on Memorial Day.
“He was great, very fun loving,” Roy said of her nephew, Faisal Puckett. “He just was an outgoing kid. I just wish it would have never happened,” she said, crying.
This was her first time at the annual Mass. She felt comforted seeing families who had gone through similar trauma find healing.
Archbishop Gregory Aymond says violence comes from a blatant disregard for God and human life. In his homily, he mourned the loss of loved ones and offered some encouragement. Many believe we need to take God's words and put them to work right down here on earth to stem the tide of violence here.
“This city is out of control. The crime is out of control,” Glover said.
“We have to change it. It's not going to get better. it's not going to get better unless we do something about it,” Roy said.