Young Victims of Crime Honored in Downtown Ceremony

Young Victims of Crime Honored in Downtown Ceremony

Memphis can be a violent place for children. In the last year, six little ones died after being beaten or neglected. Wednesday afternoon people gathered at City Hall Plaza downtown to remember the victims, and to urge people to do what they can to stop the violence.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - Memphis can be a violent place for children. In the last year, six little ones died after being beaten or neglected. Wednesday afternoon people gathered at City Hall Plaza downtown to remember the victims, and to urge people to do what they can to stop the violence.

Children are the innocent ones. They come into this world bright eyed and happy. Unfortunately, some of them find out quickly how twisted, how sick, and how mean adults can be.

Let Henry Stempley tell you about his adopted son. "He's wheelchair bound and he's blind as a result of the abuse that happened to him. He'll be 16 in July."

Some of us will probably never have the honor of having children. We will miss the moments of life when the child smiles at mom and dad, the moment the child walks, and that look in their eyes that leads directly to their soul.

When somebody beats a child or abuses a baby, they destroy not only an innocent life, but they destroy a piece of our society.

The Child Advocacy Center of Memphis does this event every year. People gather as the group raises a flag to force us to remember something we shouldn't forget - six children died from violence in the last year. The oldest was four years old; the youngest was four months old.

Six young children just scratched the surface of what should have been a long life. Somebody needs to care. It made a difference to Henry Stampley's son.

"He is happy every day he wakes up and that is the most rewarding thing we have."

This event happens every year in Memphis and that symbolizes the problem. Every year the bells ring, every year names are read. But the hope among many is there will come a day when this event isn't needed.

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