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Families Make Ornaments for 'Season to Remember'

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by Emily Luxen

NASHVILLE, Tenn.- The holiday season can be especially tough for those who have lost a loved one.

Davidson County residents who lost a family member to violent crime got some much needed support at the West Nashville Police Precinct as part of the "Season to Remember" event later this week.

Family members made customized Christmas ornaments with photos and messages to loved ones.  For some, like Gail Chilton, this is an annual tradition.

"This way we can keep the community aware, and yet at the same time share Christmas with our loved ones," said Chilton.

Chilton's daughter Melissa was murdered in February of 1996.  She said the killer is still on the loose.  She hopes the event draws attention to the number of unsolved crimes in Nashville.

"This is just a reminder that they are not forgotten," said Chilton. "They will never be forgotten."

Several families who participated in the art project said it is comforting to be around others who have experienced similar tragedies.

"We are all in a club nobody wants to be in," said Jim Marable, whose 19-year-old daughter was killed in 1990.

"There is sadness to it," said Amy Griffith with the Metro Police Department's Victim Intervention Program. "I think people feel better when they can acknowledge that pain and have their loved one remembered."

The 18th annual Metro "Season to Remember" will be held on Thursday at 5:45 p.m. in the Children's Garden at Centennial Park. At the ceremony, family members are invited to place their hand-made ornaments on a tree to acknowledge their lost loved ones.

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