By Sylvia Gonzalez
MIDLAND - On Tuesday, about 12 people gathered at the Victim's Tree in Midland to remember those who lost their lives to senseless crimes. Even though the holidays should be time of happiness and making memories, for family members who have lost a loved one to a crime, it's a time to reflect and reach out to those who are battling abusive situations.
"The memory of her will always be with me and this is one way to always remember victims of all kinds of crimes to let them know that they are not alone," Lydia Frescaz, mother of a victim, said.
Angela Frescaz was murdered by her estranged husband and even though it has been over 20 years since the horrific crime, her mother says she helps heal her pain by reaching out to others.
"You can't stay at home and think magic is going to come to you. You have to help yourself, you have to help others because I know for me when I help others it heals, it helps me and it helps them," Frescaz said.
Gabriela Williams, Director of the Crisis Intervention Unit for the Midland Sheriff's Department says, every day is hard to cope with the loss of a loved one, but it hits even harder during the holidays.
"You have a void, you are missing that person, you can't buy that person a present, you can't erase the memories but you can't make anymore new ones and that's the saddest part. We have to make sure all victims know we are here and we are willing to still help them if they need help during this time," Williams said.
Williams says unfortunately due to our population increase they have seen more victims, therefore they have to be ready to meet those needs.
"We have to be ready to have enough help for them. C.I.U. responds 24 hours a day and other agencies can't do that but we can refer them immediately the next day or the next business day as long as C.I.U. is available for them we refer them to the right help that they need," Williams said.
Although Frescaz says the holidays are tough on her, she tries to stay optimistic.
"Yeah because she is not here, it reminds me all the time that she is not here, but I think about her in heaven and I know they have a big celebration in heaven and that gives me comfort," Williams said.