Families Pay Tribute To Loved Ones During Annual Memorial Tree Lighting

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A somber ceremony in Charlotte as families who’ve lost loved ones violently gathered to remember their lives.  One by one, the names of those killed were read, marking the day they died.  Families left behind to hang special ornaments on the Christmas tree to reflect and to mourn.

This is the tenth holiday James McGill and his family have spent without their son, Jaron.  He was gunned down when he was just 19-years-old.  His murder is still a mystery.  Now a cold case.  The family says it’s a heartbreak that never heals.

The candlelight ceremony is held every year by Charlotte Mecklenburg Police.  Families supporting families.

And, this year’s event comes as the city marks a somber milestone.  There have been 103 homicides so far this year.  That includes a murder from Monday night.  49-year-old Perry Bostic was found shot to death inside a burning car on Barrington Drive.  No one has been arrested for the crime.