Gathering in downtown Tucson for National Crime Victims Rights Week

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- A group of people met Monday in front of the downtown Tucson library to honor those they have lost.

It was a new day for Tucson's homicide survivors as they watched a new flag rise in their honor.

"I was honored to be apart of this today," said Maurice Nelson.

Monday was the start of National Crime Victims Rights Week. To recognize the governor's proclamation, homicide survivors raised a flag at Tucson's downtown library in their honor.

"One of the reasons I'm here today is because I can hear my brother say, 'Big bro, you gotta keep moving,'" said Maurice Nelson.

Nelson's brother Jermaine was killed last September near 22nd and Craycroft. Nelson says he was left in the middle of the street for dead.

"To see a flag raised in honor of those who have suffered the injustice of homicide, I think it's appropriate, I think it's timely.  And I think its a signal to those that are in our community that even as a city, even though we have some areas of Tucson that aren't the prettiest that we would not want to trumpet to the world, we still want to say our city is growing, our city is moving forward and invite people to come to Tucson," said Nelson.

Since losing his brother less than a year ago, Maurice still misses his him, but he knows he and the other victims in Tucson must move on.

"I think it's important we remember those that have fallen and those that are gone but at the same time keep looking forward and keep moving forward," said Nelson.

As part of the week honoring crime victims, Homicide Survivors is holding an 11 A.M. press conference Tuesday to announce the release of an album, performed by local artists.

All proceeds from the sale will benefit the Homicide Survivors charity.