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Wake County Group Works for Victims' Rights

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RALEIGH — The death of a family member is one of themost difficult experiences anyone has to deal with, but when that familymember has met a violent death, grieving can be especially hard. Now, aWake County organization is working to help others get throughsuch ordeals.

Relatives of crime victims often have to suffer through, not only thegrieving process, but a long court process as well. The group known asHelping All Loved Ones Survive, or HALOS, has a motto that sums up itsphilosophy: "To know the road ahead, ask those who are coming back".

The group gathered Wednesday at the state legislative building, manywith personal stories of pain and loss. While members have their own needto heal, they also want to help others through the process. They plan toon the third Tuesday of every month to share what they've learned.

Janice Wood-Fletcher is an organizer of HALOS. She says the supportgroup is long overdue.

Shirley Myers is another HALOS founder. Her son, Mike Truelove, wasmurdered in a North Raleigh Food Lion supermarket in September, 1993. Shesays it does help to know that others have "been there".

In addition to functioning as a support group, HALOS will also worktoward lobbying for victims' rights legislation. Representative RickEddins (R-Wake County) is a member of the group and says he will beconcerned with members' issues.

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