Families of homicide victims celebrate Christmas without loved one

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The holidays are about family, but for families who lost loved ones to murder, it's not an easy time of the year.

Saturday evening some young victims had the chance to move past all the heartache for at least one night.

Denim White was as happy as any 15-month-old boy on Christmas morning, but this year he'll have to celebrate his first Christmas without his sister and mom.

Myeisha Turner and three-year-old Damiah White were murdered inside their home on August 23. Police found Denim near the two bodies.

Denim's father, Damion White explained, "It's hard to go through it then I still have to be strong for my son."

To help this time of year the Kansas City Police Department and Healing Pathway Victims Services held a Christmas party for Denim and other children who lost loved ones to murder.

"It's very difficult. The holidays are known for family and being with friends and being happy, but for a lot of kids this is a time of year that's not so happy," said Monica Roberts of Healing Pathway.

Baseball legend George Brett even stopped by as kids from 25 families opened presents with people who help them continue on.

"We're very thankful for our family and friends and everybody who's supported us through this ordeal," said Denim's grandmother Zena Swinson.

This Christmas, his family is thankful the toddler is still with them. "He was happy. He was just like he was supposed to be. How I would want him to be, how his mom would want him to be, how his sister would want him to be," White described.

No one has been arrested in Myeisha or Damiah's murder, but the family continues to hope for answers.

"They went through something that was just horrific. Hopefully justice will prevail," White said.

There are so many kids like Denim; there have been 103 homicides so far in Kansas City this year.

If you have any information you're asked to call the KCMO Homicide Unit or the TIPS hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

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