Tree of Angels ceremony highlights services for victims of violent crime in central Texas

AUSTIN (KXAN) — While the holidays are a joyous time of year, for those who’ve lost a loved one due to violent crime, the season can be hard.

On Tuesday, survivors of violent crimes, as well as family and friends of victims got an opportunity to honor their loved ones in the annual Tree of Angels ceremony.

(KXAN/Andy Way)

The Tree of Angels has been a tradition in central Texas for nearly 30 years. Violent crime victims’ loved ones put angel ornaments with names on them on the Christmas trees at Central Christian Church Fellowship Hall in downtown Austin every year.

The trees will stay lit throughout the holiday season, with visiting hours Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Sundays between noon and 1 p.m.

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