CARSON ( — An advocacy group held a fundraiser Saturday for children whose lives have been robbed by violent crimes.

Members of Justice For Murdered Children served up pancakes during their annual breakfast fundraiser in Carson and directed people’s attention to the hundreds of pictures posted of children who will never return home to their parents.

“The faces that you’ll see, you’ll see babies, you’ll see grandmama’s, you’ll see law enforcement, you’ll see roller skaters – it’s everyone. We want people to see that anyone can be a victim. This is a crime that affects us all and at any time, as you’ve seen what happened in Boston, this can happen, just instantly,” said LaWanda Hawkins of Justice for Murdered Children.

The event paid special tribute to children and others affected by the Boston Marathon explosion and the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting massacre.

A crowd lined up and paid $5 for breakfast and towards a fund to help families who have lost a child to violence.

Hawkins stressed that many of the parents at the event who’ve lost children also struggle with the fact that many of their cases remain unsolved.

“We’re saying enough is enough,” Hawkins said.


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