|Updated: 12/13/2012 2:29 pm
||Published: 12/12/2012 9:40 pm
Victims and survivors of violent crime were invited to hang an ornament on a Christmas tree in honor of their loved ones.
The annual event Christmas Trees of Honor to Remember was hosted by the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office at the Buddy Lafortune Community Center in Tulsa.
"The annual decorating of the Christmas trees is to honor those lost to violent crimes and to support their survivors as they try to heal," said Tulsa County District Attorney Tim Harris.
Roxanne Thorton placed three ornaments on the tree in remembrance of her daughter, Kayla Ferrante. Thorton tells FOX23 the ornaments stand as a reminder of happier times and the difficult 7 months she has endured since Kayla was killed.
“It’s brutal,” said Thorton, “Christmas is a family time and in those traditional gatherings there is an empty space where she should be and that is really hard.”
The trees are on display in the community center but Thorton says the ornaments are representative of a life that was taken too soon.
The annual decorating of the Christmas trees and the program is an evening about remembrance, healing and support.
“It’s a way to remember her and it’s a way to get help from other people,” said Diana Dean. Dean attended the event in remembrance of her daughter, Dena Dean, who was killed 14 years ago.
Roxanne told FOX23 that Christmas will be hard but she chose to attend as part of her healing.
No matter the season, her daughter and others’ loved ones will never be forgotten.