It's just one way people are drawing attention to the city's murders.
One by one the names of last year's murder victims in Durham were called out. The families and loved ones of those 32 names shared in each other's lingering grief and pain.
"The families feel they need to come together and to have a time to grieve together," said Diane Jones, whose son was murdered. "It makes you feel like you are not alone. And you have a family to come here and stand with you, it just brings your heart some peace."
Organizers hope the vigil, which is now in its 20th year, brings some relief.
"I feel that's one thing I can do in honor of my son -- is to help others who have lost a child," said Mina Hampton, whose son was also murdered.
Since the annual event began, more than 600 murder victims have been recognized.