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Wake County Group Works for Victims' Rights

Posted November 12, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— The death of a family member is one of the most difficult experiences anyone has to deal with, but when that family member has met a violent death, grieving can be especially hard. Now, a Wake County organization is working to help others get through such ordeals.

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

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

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

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

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