People from all over Central Minnesota gathered last night to honor victims, living and non, of violent crime.

The program was held at the St. Cloud Police Department. Representatives from Stearns, Sherburne and Benton Counties joined members of area nonprofits in holding a sand-pouring ceremony to honor survivors.

The night also included testimonies from victims of robbery, sexual assault and domestic abuse - as well as a keynote address from Jim Lym, whose son was murdered while driving a cab in St. Paul. He described the moment in which he learned his son was gone.

Lym said outreach has been a powerful way that he and his family have come to terms with his son's death.

The program was in support of National Crime Victims Rights Week, which continues through April 16th.