Lillian Leonard's father was killed in 1991 and she says the pain has still not gone away.
She said she is helped when she gets together with other families who also have lost loved ones to violence.
She was among other such families Sunday afternoon at a National Crime Victims Rights Week program held outdoors on the Jesse Binns Plaza at the Columbus Government Center.
About 100 people attended.
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Flowers were place on a wreath by family members.
"This is a special group," said the 48-year-old Columbus woman. "Everybody loses somebody, but to lose them through violence, is something different. Unless it has happened to you, it's hard to understand."
Agreeing with her was Shelly Hall, the director of the Victim-Witness Assistance Program of the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit.
"There is something different about losing someone at the hands of another. Some of the people here are still very emotional 10, 15, 20 years later.
Both Leonard and Hall called the program part of the healing process.
District Attorney Julia Slater said getting together to remember made Sunday an "important day."
"I am grateful for a day when we can remember what we have lost," Slater said.
She told those gathered that theme of the week is "engaging communities and empowering victims."
Slater helped read off the names of victims during the ceremony.
Leonard is one of four daughters of Billy Joe Leonard who died at age 50.
"He was stabbed three times by his girlfriend. It was twice in the arm and once in the neck. His carotid artery was severed," Leonard said.
Following surgery, the daughters were told their father had a 10 percent chance of survival.
"They put him into a medically induced coma but he never came out. He died three days later. My father was in the Army and did two tours of Vietnam. He survived that only to be killed here by someone he loved."
Leonard said the woman who stabbed him was convicted of manslaughter and went to prison but is out now.
"We worked as hard as we could keep her in jail for as long as possible, " she said.
Leonard said programs such as the victim-witness assistance program are important because they keep families informed.
"They let family members know that they have certain rights," she said.