Families of Memphis homicide victims gather for night of remembrance

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Music, prayer, and moments of silence for the families of Memphis homicide victims : it’s an annual event that families say they need.

“I feel like I have found my people. They know exactly what I’m feeling, where I’ve walked, where I’m going to be walking, they’re my people,” said Heather Edwards, whose 18-year-old son was killed in January of this year.

Edwards said her son’s name was Preston Cunningham.

It’s a crime that’s still unsolved, but she said meeting other families who have similar experiences is comforting.

But it doesn’t take away from the pain she feels every day.

“Heart-wrenching. I miss him every day. I miss everything about him.”

Not every victim’s family was just from this year.

Sharon Ward said her son, Ladarius Spates, was killed on Oct. 6, 2021 on I-40.

She said she was glad she came, and she also felt that sense of community from the event.

“I felt supported, I felt like I wasn’t alone, even though we don’t wanna be here, you have a lot of people out here to support you.”

Both of these cases are still unsolved.

If you know anything about the murders of Preston Cunningham or Ladarius Spates, please call MPD at 901-528-CASH.