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Each quilt represented a year and the victims killed during that year within Fresno County. 

It's a quilt that no family wants their loved one to be a part of. 

"These quilts are representing a person who was killed through some type of violence," said Silvia Rios of the Mennonite Quilt Center. "Either through gun violence, drinking and driving, texting while driving, domestic violence. 

"And so the family members who have lost these loved ones are given a square size," Rios continued. "So that they can put the remembrance of their family members on these squares."

Rios said there are more than 400 victims represented on the quilts that date back to 1994. 

"We have the great honor and blessing to be able to display these here," she said. "After this, they'll be taken back to their organization in Fresno, and they'll unveil the new years quilt, the 2018 quilt."

Rios said the main goal of the collection is to have them displayed at the state capital for lawmakers and state officials to see.

"They need to remember that there are families out there who are hurting," she said. "Maybe they will have the opportunity to revisit some of the laws that we have so that maybe they can make some adjustments. To change laws that need to be changed, so that we don't have to make anymore quilts, and for no more families to be affected."

One of the victims, Joanna Aparicio was killed in 2005 after a night out with friends. 

According to an archived Exponent article, Aparicio's body was found in an orchard near Parlier. 

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