Memorial Walk Honors Natasha Cleary and Other Homicide Victims

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- The family of Natasha Cleary still does not have closure she and her two sons were murdered three years ago and while her loved ones wait for police to catch the killer, they're also staying active in the community, providing comfort and support to others who've lost family to violent crime.

A walk was held along the Rock River Saturday to honor the mom and her two sons. Police say they were shot, and then set on fire inside this home on Canterbury Lane in April 2011. Cleary’s family and friends were joined by members of the Winnebago County Homicide Survivor's Support Group. Cleary’s mother became a part of the group after the death of her daughter and grandsons and says the walk is as much to honor her daughter as it is to honor all area murder victims.

"She didn't have to go this way and I am trying to keep domestic violence out there, any kind of violence in Rockford, IL,” says Cynthia Horton.

Horton says she was hit hard after the triple murder and the support group has helped her cope over the last 3 years.

“There's too much violence here and as a community we need to pull together and be there for each other. We meet every third Wednesday of the month, we talk about our stories, we have a grief counselor if we need to grieve," Horton explains.

Horton has been working with the city of Rockford to possibly rename Canterbury Lane with an honorary title to honor her daughter and grandsons.

Rockford detectives say the investigation into Cleary’s murder is still open. Cleary's ex-boyfriend had been charged with stalking but no suspects have been arrested in the murder.

To learn more about the support group: http://supportforhomicidesurvivors.com/2011/02/11/winnebago-county-homicide-survivor-support-group/


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