Local chapter of Parents of Murdered Children in need of funds

It's the only national self-help organization specifically designed to help families whose loved ones were murdered…and today the Phoenix chapter of the organization held a fundraiser.

"Someone took it upon themselves to steal a life… to take what didn't belong to them," said Cynthia Lazaro. "He was home in bed and they broke in to rob, steal and kill, so every time I see that on the news I relive that pain. I know what that mother is feeling."

A grieving mother, Cynthia Lazaro, spread what she considers an important message to the community over the weekend. 8-years-ago Lazaro's son was killed during what she describes as a violent, brutal and unnecessary crime.

"My brother, Howard Levey, was 40-years-old, married [with] two kids, educated…," said Dan Levey. 

Dan Levey is all too familiar with Lazaro's story. In 1996, his brother was killed.

"He went to play a game of basketball," Levey said. "He went to meet his friends at an elementary school. He got there a few minutes early and was carjacked by two unknown-at-the-time assailants."

Levey is now the Executive Director of the Phoenix chapter of a national organization called Parents of Murdered Children. The goal of the organization is to provide advocacy and education to survivors of murder victims.

"I think it's important to know that you're not alone and going through such a horrific event there are other people who are out here that care, that want to help," said Levey. "And I think it can be very therapeutic for people to be able to come to a support group meeting and talk in confidence to others about how they feel."

The group is holding a fundraiser because the tools needed to help survivors heal can be costly. Today's event was hosted by the El Dorado Bar and Grill in Scottsdale.

"Long after it fades from the newspaper or the tv, if it does make it, that the survivors are still there and they need support and they need the community to know and remember their loved ones," Levey said.

By spreading the word and helping one another, the hope is there's a chance others may not have to suffer.


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