Robert Nunley Sr., whose son, 34, was murdered in Kansas City, Ks., four years ago, is among 400 people visiting Kansas City this weekend for the convention of Parents of Murdered Children & Other Survivors of Homicide Victims, reports the Kansas City Star. People like Nunley turn to the group for support as they deal with the aftermath of their loved ones' slayings.
When they feel strong enough, many start volunteering to help others who have lost family members to violent crime. “It just helps the grieving,” said Nunley, whose son's slaying has never been solved. “The murderers, they don't understand the pain a family or a parent goes through.” Last night, he stood in a large crowd as convention leaders unveiled the Murder Wall in a hotel hallway. It's a traveling collection of 25 plaques commemorating homicide victims. Almost 3,000 names are written there.