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"Murder Wall" arrives in Jefferson City

March 3, 2005
By: Meghan Kloth
State Capital Bureau

Over two-thousand names of murder victims lined the Capitol rotunda today. Meghan Kloth has more from Jefferson City.

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The traveling memorial known as the "Murder Wall" lists names of children who are homicide victims. Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon spoke at the wall's arrival ceremony in Jefferson City.

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"THe thousands of names on this wall are not abstract concept. Each name represents someone who was loved."

The wall was created in 1987 by the national organization of Parents of Murdered Children. At the ceremony, Nixon said the memorial shows the true impact of crime on society. From Jefferson City, I'm Meghan Kloth.

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A traveling memorial known as the "Murder Wall" arrived in Jefferson City today. Meghan Kloth has more from the Capitol.

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The "Murder Wall" lists the names of over two-thousand children who were victims of homicide. Nancy Long was instrumental in bringing the wall to Missouri.

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"It's meant to create an awareness. We want to help others find out how long the road to justice is. We want people to known that murder can reach out and touch anyone."

Long's parents were victims of murder in 1996. Attorney General Jay Nixon also spoke at the ceremony, advocating rights for victim's families. From Jefferson City, I'm Meghan Kloth.

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At a ceremony marking the arrival of the "Murder Wall," one woman made a plea for increased use of capital punishment. Meghan Kloth has more from Jefferson City.

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The "Murder Wall" is a traveling memorial to homicide victims. Nancy Long's family has been affected by murder and she helped bring the wall to Missouri. At the ceremony, Nancy urged the Missouri Supreme Court to increase use of capital punishment.

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"There are 7 inmates on death row who have exhausted all of their appeals. Yet their victims receive no justice because our highest judges have seemingly created their own moratorium on execution."

Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon also spoke at the ceremony and advocated more rights for victims' families. The "Murder Wall" will remain in the Capitol rotunda for several days. From Jefferson City, I'm Meghan Kloth

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A traveling memorial known as the "Murder Wall" arrived in Jefferson City today. The wall lists over two-thousand names of homicide victims and is sponsored by the national organization of Parents of Murdered Children. At the arrival ceremony Attorney General Jay Nixon said the wall conveys the true impact on crime on our society. The wall will remain in the Capitol rotunda for several days.

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Over two-thousand names of murdered children are listed on the traveling memorial known as the "Murder Wall". The wall arrived in Jefferson City today. Attorney General Jay Nixon emphasized that each name represents someone who was loved. Nixon also spoke in avocation of rights for crime victim's families. He said society often only remembers the names of those who committed the crimes and not the names of the victims. The "Murder Wall" will remain in Jefferson City for several days.