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Remembering all those touched by crime

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Corey Perrine
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Florida Times-Union
Jimmy L. Smith speaks about the 1990 armed robbery that left him paralyzed. He appeared at a City Hall kickoff for National Crime Victims' Rights Week.

The butterflies will rise into the sky at about 12:30 p.m. on Saturday at Jacksonville's Families of Slain Children, each one remembering a son or daughter who was a victim of crime.

As has been done there for years during Jacksonville’s annual observance of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, the FoSC event for families of those killed will bring happiness mixed with memories for that lost child or adult at the non-profit agency at 2212 N. Myrtle Ave.

Beverly McLain, founder of Families of Slain Children after son Andre Johnson was killed in 2006, said the butterfly release will be "a healing visual" for the estimated 100 people at the event. It's also a fitting way to end victim's rights week, kicked off Monday by the mayor and others.

Read the rest of this story at WJCT News partner The Florida Times-Union.