BEAUMONT, Texas — Family and friends of people who have died due to crime, came together to honor the memory of loved ones.
The 29th annual Crime Victims' Candlelight Vigil took place at the Jefferson County Courthouse.
Everyone in attendance Thursday had a different story, but yet all shared one thing in common.
No one ever expects to lose a loved one to crime.
For Wanda Grimes, her tragedy turned into a historic change in the law.
She spoke in front of a crowd to share one message.
"You can make a difference, you really can," says Grimes. "If you know something is wrong, share it with somebody."
Grimes lost her son Jeramy, 20, to an alcohol-related car crash along I-10 in 1992.
She realized despite the state of Louisiana making it illegal to purchase alcohol under the age of 21, you could grab it at a local bar because that law didn't equate to selling it.
The same year Jeramy died, more than 60 others died as well in crashes involving alcohol, along one stretch of I-10 near the Louisiana border.
Seven years after her son was killed, she managed to change the law with help from local officials.
Grimes says "I had not had a normal since he died because I has spent all my time working...I was ready to get back into my world."
She was the keynote speaker at the candlelight vigil.
Each colored candle represented a different crime that ended with a life lost.
"To me, this is just really good for all of these people to get together and know that they're not alone," says Cindi Hebert. "That's the main thing, they're not alone and everybody supports them."
The Heberts lost their son Bryan in 2011, who was an officer for the Beaumont Police Department.
"It's something you'll never get over, losing your child," says Bryan's father Glenn Hebert. "But it brings back memories, good memories and you can't dwell on it but you learn to live with it."
This event is held every year, but organizers want others affected by crime to seek help if they want it.
Misty Craver, the program director for the Jefferson County Victims' Assistance Center says "We need new victims of crime to tell us what they need too, we want to know them and be able to connect them with services in the area."
The organization helps provide support for the families of people who died as a result of alcohol-related crimes while also assisting them in the judicial process.
Bell-Schexnaider lost her husband while he was working in the yard, when she says a repeat offender ran him over in front of his kids.
She adds he drove with a BAC of three times the legal limit, but only received probation.
Bell-Schexnaider encourages everyone to stand up together and seek justice for victims of crime.
The candlelight vigil is part of Jefferson County's Crime Victims' Rights week, which runs from April 7 to April 13.