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Organization of murdered children talks recovery

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Most of us cannot relate to what the parents of the Connecticut shooting victims are going through right now, but there is a group in Phoenix dedicated to supporting grieving parents that has some insight.

The Valley chapter of Parents of Murdered Children, Inc. helps nearly 1,500 families who have lost a child to murder.

The group provides support, advocacy, education, awareness and encourages prevention for victim's families.

Beckie Miller has been part of the group since her son was gunned down more than 20 years ago and now she is the chapter leader.

"He had just turned 18," said Miller.

Her son, Brian Miller, was shot in the chest while he was walking his girlfriend home from work Oct. 19, 1991. He had just graduated from high school and Beckie Miller said she didn't even have his graduation pictures yet.

"Before we could pick them up from the photographer, he was killed," she said. "And that began the whole journey for us that the families in Connecticut are just now beginning to start."

She said the Connecticut victims' families are still in shock. She said they can get through their day, but they are like a robot just going through the motions.

Miller said she remembers every feeling.

"Something brings them up. They are always there," she said. "The shock, and the grief, the pain the disbelief and denial."

She said the victims' families will likely go through post traumatic stress syndrome.

"In such a small town, their greatest support is going to come from each other," Miller said.

With her involvement in Parents of Murdered Children, she encourages survivors to find a purpose like she did with the group.

She said the pain will soften and the families may start to rebuild in five to seven years.

Miller encourages everyone to mentor children to help stop something like this from happening again.

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