September 25th Marks National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims

09/25/2017—September 25th marks the 10th annual National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims in the United States.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) joins law enforcement and the families and friends of those who lost their lives to homicide, to honor and remember their legacies on this important day.

“The National Day of Remembrance is an important reminder that we should never, ever forget Colorado’s homicide victims, and renew the CBI’s commitment to providing assistance and resources to law enforcement to aid in the state’s unsolved homicide and long-term missing person investigations, “ said CBI Director Ted Mink.

The CBI asks the community and families to visit the CBI Cold Case Database where the profiles of more than 1,700 individuals (murdered and missing) are featured on the site. Take a moment to review the pages and if you have a loved one listed among those pages and do not see a photograph please send one to the CBI so it can be added.

In an effort to highlight just a few of the many victims listed on the CBI Cold Case Database, here are the profiles of four individuals murdered on the 25th of September.

Cynthia Louise Flemino—September 25, 1980

Reyes Villalba—September 25, 1987

Milton Lee—September 25, 1996

Quitice McGaughy—September 25, 2005

In addition to assigning an analyst to oversee the Cold Case program, the CBI also oversees the Cold Case Review Team where public safety experts review cold cases presented by local law enforcement to offer insight on these cases, and the Cold Case Task Force where organizations such as Families of Homicide Victims and Missing Persons (FOHVAMP) and others meet to identify best practices to help solve these cases and celebrate successes.  These are difficult cases and celebrating the successes reenergizes those who work these cases to keep going.  We must always remember these victims were mothers, fathers, sisters, and brothers and their families miss them every day.

In 2007, Congress designated September 25th as the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims. Communities across the country will hold vigils and other events to honor their memories.