Joyce Tuhn knows all too well what it’s like to lose a loved one. Tuhn’s 16-year-old daughter, Lacy, was killed by a drunk driver in 1999.
Tuhn has since harnessed her pain and loss into heading up Victims of Violent Crimes of San Joaquin County, a non-profit organization that helps families of those killed in violent crimes and homicides in Stockton and the greater San Joaquin County.
“What I teach my families and my support group is how to take one day at a time,” Tuhn said.
For Stockton, there is a history of violence that the city has been working to curb for years. While the homicide numbers are nearly identical over the past two years — 34 in 2019 and 33 the year before — there were 55 homicides in 2017, continuing the city’s downward trend since it saw 71 homicides in five years prior.