FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- Violence is something plaguing many cities across the country causing countless families to mourn.
Friday, Sept. 25 is recognized as the National Day of Remembrance, and people in Fort Wayne will focus on the impact of violence on their families and community.
It's been rough for the families of Noele Trice, Marcus Harper and Willie Alonzo Smith. All of them are still mourning.
"Today is his four-month anniversary. The moms have been great. Just to have the support of other mom's that know what it feels like to lose your child... because losing your child is the worst thing that could ever happen to you," Dawn Harper, Marcus’ Mother said.
Dawn Harper's son Marcus was killed this year.
While a suspect has been arrested, Noele Trice's family and Willie Smith's family are still hoping for justice.
They join other families who are putting up ribbon's in their loved one's memory.
This is for the National Day of Remembrance taking place Friday.
"We take it one day at a time. We always keep her memory alive. We're still looking for justice. One day we will get it, but until then we have her son. That's all that matters," Audrey Trice, Noele Trice’s sister said.
"He has 10 children that need answers. That's why I'm down here," Lakicia Smith, Willie Smith’s wife said.
These Black and Red Ribbons along Clinton Street show just a fraction of the families impacted by violence.
Stacey Davis with JAVA, an organization focused on helping victims' families, said it is important to do this because many people in Fort Wayne know what it feels like.
These ribbons are their way of spreading awareness.
"Today and tomorrow are days of hopefully happy memories of our loved ones and we hope to do this every year. In fact it was disappointing for JAVA to find this need that there wasn't someone in our community already honoring this day, so this will be an annual event for JAVA," Stacey Davis said.