BELTON, Texas (KWTX) The Bell County Crime Victims Coalition held its annual Tree of Angels ceremony at the Bell County Expo Center Monday night.
The event honored surviving victims and families who’ve lost loved ones in violent crimes throughout Central Texas.
Everyone got to place an angel ornament on special Christmas trees followed by music and candles being lit in their honor.
Terrlyn Kelly, who lost her son in 2012, came all the way from Lilbourn, Mo., to honor her son.
“I can’t thank them enough for thinking of all the victims, not just my son,” she said.
Shay Alvarez also lost a loved one.
Her mother, Lou Tretter died as a result of domestic violence in Salado.
“The holidays are always difficult because Christmas was her favorite time of year,” she said.
“So just having this opportunity, even though I don’t know any of these people, to be here with them and share that common bond is somehow very comforting.”
The event has been around since 1991, and the coalition hopes to always honor those lost every holiday season.