Joan Berry, Attorney General Barry Staubus and Debbie Locke

Joan Berry, Attorney General Barry Staubus and Debbie Locke stand in front of the Victims of Violent Crimes Memorial in Blountville.

Local officials and family and friends of those who lost their lives to violent crime dedicated the Hope for Victims memorial last month in front of the Sullivan County Justice Center in Blountville.

Hope for Victims was founded by Mike and Joan Berry of Knoxville after the 2004 murder of their daughter, Johnia Berry. Among other purposes, it intends to promote support groups for families and friends of victims who may have difficulty coping with the loss of a loved one through violence.

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