Parents of Murdered Children holding convention in Phoenix

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- The well-known support and advocacy group Parents of Murdered Children is holding its national convention in the Valley of the Sun this weekend.

"You do not chose to be in this group," says Mark LeGault, whose 19-year-old daughter Dolores was brutally murdered by her ex-boyfriend in 2006. "We're in this group because one of our children has been murdered."

Joining Mark and his wife Sandy at this weekend's convention at the Arizona Grand Resort are about 350 other people from all across the country who, like the LeGaults, have lost a child to violence.

"People who have not lost a child to homicide like we have don't know what we are going through," Mark said. "This group brings people together. It gives them a safe place."

This is the third time the Valley of the Sun Chapter of POMC has hosted the group's national convention, a testament according to Mark LeGault to the local chapter's support and strength in our community.

In addition to offering lots of love, support and an occasional shoulder to cry on, the three day convention also offers lots of valuable information and workshops for people touched by tragedy.