Every year hundreds of people in Los Angeles County become victims of murder and many of their cases go unsolved. This year San Pedro-based Justice for Murdered Children and Malibu-based Justice for Homicide Victims have joined with Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca to do something about it.

The organizations will hold the first Unsolved Homicide Summit on July 20, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at sheriff’s headquarters at 4700 Ramona Blvd. in Monterey

Park. Anyone who has had a loved one murdered in Los Angeles County and the case remains unsolved is invited to attend. The summit’s purpose is to look for solutions to challenges faced by families of unsolved homicide victims.

There will be a panel discussion regarding such challenges and strategies to deal with them. Representatives from the district attorney’s office, media, politicians, law enforcement officials from various jurisdictions will participate.

Pictures of some murder victims will be on display.

“The more we learn about the impact of murder in our community, the greater our responsibility becomes to come up with strategies to combat and prevent this crime and to assist in reducing of number of unsolved murder cases,” said La Wanda Hawkins of Justice for Murdered Children. “We can no longer allow murderers to kill 2 to 3 times before being arrested.

Question should be directed to Lawanda@jfmc.org or (310) 547-jfmc or visit our website www.jfmc.org