Charleston Police Department to give Christmas flowers to homicide families

Victim Advocate Ashley Standafer (from left), Victim Advocate Miriam Walker, Sgt. Kelly Freshman and Victim Advocate Catrice Smalls will deliver Poinsettias to the families of homicide victims.

The Charleston Police Department will deliver Christmas flowers to the families of homicide victims.

Members of the department’s family violence unit will give a Poinsettia with a card that reads “Thinking of You” to the families of each 2015 homicide victim, according to an announcement Thursday.

“After the death of a loved one, families are left to grieve, and the holidays can be the most difficult time for them,” police spokesman Charles Francis said. “This gesture can create a lasting relationship between the families and the police that is built on love.”

Police have reported 17 homicides in the city so far this year.

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