Remembrance for victims of undocumented immigrantsPosted: Updated:
PHOENIX -- Sounds of bells could be heard in more than 20 states across the country Sunday evening, including here in Arizona.
"We need to let the families know we haven't forgotten them," said Valerie Roller, an attendee of the third annual "National Remembrance Day."
Sunday, dozens of people gathered near the State Capitol to honor victims, they say, were killed by undocumented immigrants.
"If we are enforcing our laws, some of these deaths would not have happened," Roller continued. "Would some of them happened otherwise? Absolutely, but some of these individuals were deported multiple times, this was not a onetime unusual incident, it's been going on a long time and needs to stop.
Loved ones of the victims and supporters Sunday say this is not about race. It's about the government upholding the law to keep American citizens safe and those trying to enter the country illegally.
"Our government needs to do something about these illegal aliens that are coming over here and committing these crimes," said vigil attendee Lauri Muldner.
Muldner was a close friend of Phoenix police officer Daryl Raetz. Raetz was killed in a hit-and-run on May 19. Police say the driver of the SUV that struck Raetz was a in the country illegally.
"There are countless, unidentified people that have been found dead in the Tucson sector that were trying to come to this country, that's got to stop,” Roller explained. "I want the border secured, our laws enforced and a path for people who want to come into this country, come here to work and make things better for themselves."