Survivors of homicide victims gather for National Day of Remembrance in Orlando

- Survivors of homicide victims gathered for the Annual National Day of Remembrance in Orlando. 

The parents of Sasha Samsudean spoke about losing their daughter. She was murdered in 2015.  It has been two years since the 27-year-old was killed inside her downtown Orlando apartment.  

“Not because God called her - because somebody took her,” Sasha’s mother Tara Samsudean said. 

Her mother publicly spoke out for the first time about the day she got the call no parent wants. 

“Not only was she missing, she was found dead in her apartment,” she said. “Raped and murdered by someone who was supposed to protect her. The security guard.”

Her killer, Stephen Duxbury, was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison. 

“You heal, but you never get over,” Samsudean said. 

Everyone in the room for the National Day of Remembrance was given a life sentence to grieve the loss of a loved one. 

“Even today I still feel like she’s gonna walk through the door,” Samsudean said. “I still can’t believe she’s gone. Though I planned her funeral.”

Being part of this group of survivors is a club no one wants to join, but they have all found comfort in sharing their stories and grief.

“My last conversation with her… and it goes like this… ‘I love you’ – that was Sasha in a text. And I would say ‘I love you more,’” Samsudean said. 

Sasha’s mother said though their chain may be broken, they will be reunited again. 

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