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Maria Thomas, whose daughter was murdered 20 years ago in what is known as Austin's "yogurt shop murder," hugs Sumer Wassef during People Against Violence's 21st annual Tree of Angels event at the Central Christian Church. Now held in 51 Texas counties, Tree of Angels invites family members, riends and surviving victims affected by violent crimes to place an angel on a tree in hopes of begining support and comfort to those grieving during the holiday season.

Photo Credit: Danielle Villasana