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During the holidays, parents of murdered children come together to support each other



Little Rock, Arkansas – During the holidays, people congregate to spend time with their family, but for some, there are loved ones absent from the table since they were violently stolen from them too soon.

Parents of Murdered Children’s Central Arkansas Chapter gathered on Saturday to show support for one another during this difficult time.

“We have lost someone that is very dear to our hearts,” a POMC member said.

As family members arrived, there were images of loved ones along the walls and a glimmer of a flame.

“In remembrance of your loved one and all of the loved ones who have been lost to homicide,” a POMC member said.

“This is my husband. He was 47 years old,” says Elaine Coclasure. He was 47 years old, according to Coclasure.

In July 1989, her spouse was slain.

“It was very traumatic because he was fine, healthy, everything is going great and he just never comes home, so it was very hard for us,” Coclasure said.

Especially these last few years, “one of them was let out of prison after 25 years,” and “wanting to go on with his life, but we can’t go on because he is not there and it’s just been really hard,” Coclasure said.

She has long been a member of POMC’s Central Arkansas Chapter.

“A shared burden is an eased burden, so they know they are not the only one this has happened too, it’s happening to all of us,” Coclasure said.

According to Coclasure, suffering never ends, but having a supportive group lessens the suffering.

Coclasure added that although the suffering never truly goes away, having a supportive group can help.

“I think it’s good for us all get-together and remember them as they were, not as murder victims, but as the people they were and the great memories that we have of them,” Coclasure said.

Elaine stated that as 2022 draws to a close, the loved ones of homicide victims will need the community the most.

“Holidays are special because that person is not there and the circumstance of their death makes it much worse,” Coclasure said.

Birthdays, anniversaries, and death dates are particularly difficult, according to Coclasure.

Visit this organization’s website if you are a loved one of a murder victim and would like to get in touch.