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Relatives of murder victims call for repeal of death penalty (VIDEO)

Tuesday - 1/29/2013, 7:56am  ET

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Relatives of five murder victims are calling for a repeal of Maryland's death penalty.

They joined a rally in Annapolis Monday.

"You start to realize that revenge is taking up space that you need to heal," Erricka Bridgeford of Reisterstown told the group. Bridgeford's brother was murdered in 2007.

"We have learned that one more dead body cannot be justice," Bridgeford said.

"This is so hard on the families because they wait for years and years because they are promised they are going to find peace and closure when they put this guy to death by execution but many of them never see it happen," says Vicki Schieber of New Market.

Schieber's daughter was murdered in 1998.

Speakers at the event included Hagerstown resident Marty Price. His father was convicted of second-degree murder for fatally shooting Price's stepmother and stepsister in 1988.

His nephew, Christopher Nicholson, was murdered in 2007 while serving as a Smithsburg police officer.

The event was organized by Maryland Citizens Against State Executions. The group suppports Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley's push to repeal the state's death penalty.

Jane Henderson with Maryland Citizens Against Execution says she believes this will be the year the repeal will pass in the Maryland General Assembly.

Since 1976, Maryland has executed five people and five more remain on death row.

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