Families of Maine Murder Victims Speak Out
Once a year, a collection of family photographs is laid out along a long table in Augusta.It would be the picture of an extensive family lineage, if this were a reunion amongst relatives, rather than a meeting amongst those related by tragedy.”We all share that spot in our lives that’s empty,” said Nancy Libby-Maynard, whose son Scott was murdered in 2009. Since then, she’s placed his photo next to dozens of others whose story is the same. “I think that it’s something that follows you throughout your lifetime, and there’s always that beast that comes, you know, that horrible spot in the day that arises,” said Libby-Maynard. She joined the state’s chapter for Parents of Murdered Children for a solemn celebration that was about remembering the past as much as it was speaking out for the future.”The way our justice system has been created criminals can have their attorneys speak for them. Victims of murder, who have no voice, have to have others speak for them,” said Arthur Jette, the chapter’s leader.National Crime Victims’ Rights week aims to give their families that opportunity.”We all share in trying to keep the memory of our loved ones alive,” said Libby-Maynard.And by keeping their pictures fresh in the minds of others, they hope a long line of family suffering won’t be forgotten.