Columbia, SC (WLTX)- Dozens of people gathered at the State House Wednesday in honor of the National day of Remembrance for Murder Victims.
The annual event is put on by the South Carolina Chapter of Parents of Murdered Children. Marvin Braynt is the founder of the chapter and knows the pain of losing a child all too well.
"It was a devastating night that I will never forget," said Bryant.
He created the South Carolina chapter after his son, 21-year-old Marcus Patrick Bryant, was murdered on April 12, 2001.
"It was the most horrific situations a person could endure when you have someone who intentionally takes the life of your loved one, you are left numb," said Bryant.
Stephanie Whetstone began going to monthly meetings with the South Carolina chapter of murdered children after her son was gunned down in El Paso, Texas on January 15, 2012.
"It was one of the most devastating parts of my life when I received the phone call and it still hurts to this day and I know it is going to hurt forever," said Whetstone.
Brown joined the Army after graduating from Lower Richland High School.
"He went to Iraq and this is what bothers me daily, he was able to go fight for our country, but he came home and lost his life," said Stephanie.
A memorial service was held later Wednesday evening at the Washington Street United Methodist Church.