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Victim's Right Parade held in Alexandria

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - In honor of Victim's Rights Week, a parade was held in Downtown Alexandria in remembrance and support of those affected by crime.
"In our hearts they live forever, but in our presence they are gone."
It was a chance for remembrance and awareness.
"Their memories need to stay alive, because that is all we have is our memories and pictures," said Stephanie Belgard.
Stephanie Belgard is one of the many people affected by crime who is walking in the parade.
I'm here today because of my daughter's murder, Courtney CoCo," said Belgard.
Courtney's life was taken 10 years ago, and with a decade past, Stephanie is still looking for peace.
 "It has been almost ten years, still no answers, still unsolved."
Crystal Howard is walking for her dad who was murdered in 2011. For her, this parade is a great way to support families who are going through the pain and loss.
"Oh I love it. I am so glad they are doing something, reaching out to the families, keeping in touch and letting us know what is going on," said Howard.
 After the parade, a balloon release was held with names of those who will never be forgotten.
"Keeps their memory alive, and we're their voices."
The parade was organized by the Louisiana Office of Probation and Parole, the Rapides Parish District Attorney's Office and Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office.


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