MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - Of the 116 homicides so far this year in the city of Memphis, 30 of those are unsolved.
With less than a week until Christmas, the Shelby County District Attorney is holding a ceremony to remember the victims. Nashville does a statewide remembrance every year but this is the first of its kind in Shelby County.
With so many victims, the mother of murdered Memphis basketball star, Lorenzen Wright, says this is an important time for healing.
17 months is a long time to wait for answers.
"It's real difficult; it's like sometime people forgot about him," said Wright's mother, Deborah Marion. "But I always call them, I won't let them forget."
Lorenzen Wright disappeared July 18, 2010. Ten days later, his bullet-riddled body was found in a remote area of southeast Shelby County. Despite a massive investigation and increased reward money, the police department isn't any closer to solving her son's murder than it was 17 months ago.
"Somebody walked my son to his death… they took him there and murdered him," Marion said. "I'm not going to let this case just die, he's too big to sweep under the rug."
For Marion, the first Christmas without her oldest son was the hardest. This year she expected would be easier, a time to heal. But her wounds are still open.