About two dozen community members remembered recent Huntington Station murder victims at a memorial vigil on the steps of Town Hall last evening.
The small crowd came to reflect on Sarah Strobel, Luis Ramos-Rodriguez, Daniel Carbajal and Maggie Rosales, who were killed in either 2013 or 2014.
"Because of them, none of us will ever be the same again," said June Margolin, president of Huntington Matters, which hosted the event.
On the sidewalk in front of Town Hall, participants held pictures of the victims and signs with their names. Joining them were town board member Gene Cook, four members of the Guardian Angels and officers from the Second Precinct, including the community's new inspector, Christopher Hatton.
Demands for justice were heard from family and friends of the deceased.
Rosales' father, Cesar Rosales, spoke of the pain of losing a child who liked animals and was a normal, fun-loving 18-year-old. He said the four being memorialized died because the streets have become more dangerous. "It's a wake-up call to us in Huntington Station," he said.
Huntington Matters was founded last year after the October 2014 slaying of Rosales. Hers was the fourth killing in just over a year in Huntington Station. It followed those of Strobel, Ramos-Rodriguez and Carbajal. Adam Saalfield, the neighbor arrested in Rosales' killing, is due back in court this month.
Just after her murder, Huntington Matters led a Maggie Matters March "in outrage, grief and frustration," before descending on Town Hall.
"Last year, as a community we moved to join together and make significant changes for the benefits of everyone," Margolin said. "Tonight, we want to pay tribute and honor those victims that inspired this movement."
There have been no arrests in the other killings.
"It's been a year, and we still have three unsolved murders. We want to bring attention to what's possible when a community comes together and unites," Margolin said.