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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -Monday night's somber ceremony, lit by the red glow of flickering candles, is an emotional reminder for Michell Pulley. "He's always in our heart," said Pulley as she wiped away tears. We're always thinking about him. We're always constantly talking about him."
Her son Michael would be 25 today had his friend not driven drunk three years ago.
Earlier in the evening, a sea of victims sat listening to stories from strangers that are eerily similar to their own.
"My sister Caitlin Leasure was 20 years one month and 23 days old when she was killed by a repeat drunk driver," explained Nicole Leasure.
The holidays are painful reality for area families, but they can also serve a purpose. Mother's Against Drunk Driving encourages everyone to stop intoxicated people from getting behind the wheel.
"We need to take those people off the road and protect the rest of us," said MADD spokesman Chris Konschak.
"You yourself can be killed," explained Pulley. "You can kill a family's loved one. And it's not worth the time going to jail."