Sunday brought extraordinary weather to the Houston area. It was a much-welcomed end to a gloomy, violent and heartbreaking week.
As families in the northeastern U.S. and in the small Texas town of West mourned the loss of loved ones, mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters who've experienced the same kind of loss tried to make a difference at Memorial Park in Houston.
Volunteers for an organization called Parents of Murdered Children asked joggers for a simple signature that could potentially keep convicted killers behind bars well after they're up for parole. The volunteers do this every year and hope Texas lawmakers will soon pass a bill that would make parole opportunities less frequent. In the meantime, they spend their weekend working. They asked for favors.
"There's not much I can do, said Joe Nafegar, "but I can support these people because my son wasn't the only (one) murdered. These people deserve to be in jail."
"In light of what's happening particularly with recent incidents in Boston and prosecutors being murdered in Kaufman County and all over the country I think it's absolutely poetic," said Andy Kahan, victims' advocate.
As joggers signed petitions asking that convicted killers who are being considered for early release stay behind bars ,the interaction, the interruption of what was supposed to be a routine workout tugged at hearts. You never know what that stranger working out next to you in a public park has gone through.
"Well (one) of our family members was murdered a few years ago and we don't want that gentleman to get out of jail ever," said Carl Egbert.