Families gather to mourn children who have been killed, murdered


Grieving together.

Family members of who lost children gathered Tuesday at the Parents of Murdered Children Memorial to mourn the loss of their loved ones.

They met in Riverside where the names of children who have been murdered have been engraved in a monument.

“I think it is the difference between surviving and not surviving,” says Susan Lieker.

There is no easy way to mourn the loss of a child but doing it together might help.

“Because you go through a horrible experience and it really helps to be around other people who have been through that so you know you can survive,” explains Lieker.

Just feet from a memorial to remember the lives of more than 100 area children who have been murdered or killed, sat a group of parents and family mourning them.

“My brother was murdered 30 years ago,” says Lieker.

For the last 20 years, Lieker has been helping others learn how to cope together.

A line of parents and loved ones by one went to have their child’s name to the monument.

The person in the best spirits was April Rahman’s daughter. Her father is Hasan Rahman, a Pizza Hut driver who was murdered last November. His wife and her parents came to have his name added to the monument.

“We are still looking for answers, so it is very hard. There is not any closure,” explains Rahman.

They, as well as the rest of the group, released a balloon for their loved ones. Though they still search for answers, a balloon in the sky will do for now.

“Just tell them to keep hope alive and there will be a better day,” says Lieker.

If you would like to have a name added to the monument, you click on the link to this Wichita Parents of Murdered Children.

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