Family and friends gathered at Chapel Hills United Methodist Church for National Day of Remembrance of Murdered Children, on Sunday.

Dozens turned out to remember their loved ones and seek support.

Ruth Marin-Eason drove from Houston to keep her son’s legacy alive. She said her son, Raul Marin II, was murdered in his San Antonio home on August 5, 1998.

She said when she needed support Parents of Murdered Children was there to help.

She’s now an advocate for the organization on a mission to help other families who have lost loved ones to acts of violence honor their memory.

Marin-Eason says the pain never goes away, but parents need to fight for their children and seek justice.

“Don’t ever give up,” Marin-Eason said. “We are our kids voice now so we cannot give up because nobody else is going to speak for them."