In 1988, members of the Orange County Chapter of Parents Of Murdered Children (POMC) set out to create a special place to honor and remember our Loved Ones lost to violent crimes. After extraordinary efforts by dedicated members, and assistance from Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD), it took four years to create the permanent monument to our loved ones. This monument is the first of its kind to be built on the west coast.

In 1992,the permanent monument was unveiled and dedicated. Money for the monument was raised through grass roots efforts: candy sales, car shows, bake sales, garage sales, and private donations. No professional fundraiser solicited a dime for this memorial. it was a work of LOVE by families wanting to heal. In 2005, the care of the monument was given to the new Greater Orange County Chapter of POMC.

The five foot tall by three foot wide 
white marble monument bears the inscription: 

    Dedicated to Those Who Lost 
    Their Lives In Violent Crimes

Above the inscription is a recessed oval panel with a carved pink marble "eternal" flame. A partially opened rosebud is carved into the area below. On the ground level, adjacent to either side of the monument, are black granite markers bearing the names of the victims- our Loved Ones- our daughters and sons, sisters and brothers, mothers and fathers, nieces and nephews, family and friends.

Two white marble benches are located in this beautiful setting. The Memorial Monument area is landscaped with roses, shrubs and flowerbeds. This peaceful scene invites you to sit, relax and fondly remember.

How can I have my loved one's name inscribed on this monument?

We accept monument inscription forms all year round. So if you'd like to add your loved one's name to our beautiful monument at our spring ceremony, you can click the link above, call (714) 999-7132 and leave a message to have a form mailed to you, or email gocpomc@yahoo.com to receive one by email. 


For the families and friends of those 
who have died by violence

Annual Candlelight Vigil
& Names Dedication Ceremony

The memorial ceremony includes a bagpiper,
vocalist, dove release, and the opportunity
for all guests in attendance to say
their loved ones' names out loud.

Please bring a framed photograph
of your loved one for display
on our photo board.
(maximum frame size 9x12)

Ceremony is held outside,
please dress accordingly.

Photographs will be taken.

Please arrive early.

In respect to all those in attendance and
the reverent nature of this event, anyone
arriving after 6:00 pm will be directed to 
park across the street at the industrial
lot, then walk to Memory Garden.

Light refreshments will be served following the ceremony.

For more information call


or go to


Greater Orange County POMC

Each year during Victim's Rights Week in April, victims of homicide are honored and remembered with a very special ceremony. The names of those who have been added to the Memorial Monument that year are dedicated during a candlelight vigil in their honor. The names of all those previously inscribed are mentioned prior to the ceremony.

The candlelight ceremony honors our Loved Ones as well as all victims of homicide. The event includes speakers, live music, information booths, and a display of memory quilts and loved one's photos. 

If you would like to receive an annual reminder of the ceremony, please leave a message on the Greater Orange County POMC message phone at: 714-999-7132

The Memorial Monument is located at:

Memory Garden Memorial 
Park and Mortuary
455 W. Central Avenue
Brea, CA 92821

Directions to Monument:

From the 57 Freeway:
57 FWY (Orange Freeway)- 
Exit Lambert Road,- West 
Right on State College Blvd.- (after Brea Blvd, State College Blvd becomes Central Ave.) 
Continue on Central Avenue- Memory Garden Memorial Park is on the right (between Tamarack Avenue and Berry Street) 

As you enter the park, the Memorial Monument is on the median directly in front of the chapel and administratioin Building. Our monument shares the space with U.S. and POW/MIA flags  

We are extremely appreciative to Memory Garden Memorial Park for donating the site of our monument and for maintaining the lighting, landscaping, and monument itself in perpetuity.  

The cutoff date to add your loved one's name to our monument at the 2023 ceremony is 
February 28, 2023

Instructions are on the form.

Contact us at 714-999-7132 or gocpomc@yahoo.com
Never forgotten

Date of Birth                 NAME                   Date of Death
2000         Victoria Barrios        2019​
1989          Joseluis Cruz Jr.      2012
2011       Salvador Esparza III  2012
1968        Joseph G. Solano       2019
1994             Devin Luna             2018
1988        Joey Rene Vargas.     1988
1998     Selena Marie Arazia     2017
1996      Demetrio Tapia Jr.      2018
1983     Robert Mason Brewer  2010
 1985         Nicolas R Acosta       2012
1980        Jose Ben Salvidres     2021
 1991            Christian D Silva     2020
2004     Ryder Jordan-Duran    2020
1992            Jason McNeal          2017
1982     Michael Robert Tovar    2021
1980      Ceasar G. Gonzalez        2020
1998      Cody C.M. Stewart.        2020
1973      Julia Dianna Borboa      2020