Crime victims' memorial walk set for Saturday

Apr. 15, 2013 @ 05:23 PM

In commemoration of National Crime Victims' Rights Week, and in memory of her sister, Leah Avril, Amy Thomason has organized a memorial walk, Footprints on The Heart. The walk, which is scheduled for Saturday, will take place at the Sevierville City Park's river walk at 11 a.m. The walk is open to anyone who has lost a loved one due to violent crime.

Refreshments will be served prior to the event. Attendees are encouraged to bring a photo of their loved one. Following the walk, rose petals will be thrown into the river at the bridge.

Avril was shot and killed Nov. 17, 2009, in a Murrell Meadows Apartment. She was 18 years old and a student at Walters State Community College.  Last year, a Sevier County jury found Jacob Stanton guilty of second-degree murder.

This is the second event Thomason has sponsored in memory of her sister. In December, she and her daughter, Haley, collected toys for Safe Space to benefit children who are victims of domestic violence.

Thomason is planning to make both the toy drive and the memorial walk annual events.

"It's just really nice to do things with people who understand what you are going through," she said.

For more information about the Footprints on the Heart Memorial Walk, visit its Facebook page, e-mail victimevents@gmail.com or call 865-258-2992.

jfrye@themountainpress.com