WASHINGTON COUNTY -- About 150 men crowded into a small chapel Wednesday afternoon and listened intently as a mother talked about the tragic 1993 murder of her daughter and two grandsons.
Some of the men were clean-shaven, others wore their hair in dreadlocks and many displayed tattooed arms and necks.
All are prisoners at the Maryland Correctional Training Center south of Hagerstown.
Pat Lupson travels to institutions around the country, telling prisoners about the night that her daughter and grandsons died in a house fire set by her son-in-law.
On Wednesday, Lupson and her husband, Warren, were at MCTC as part of National Crime Victims' Rights Week.
"It really touched me," said Amefika Brown, 30, who has served 10 years in prison. Inmates start thinking about their victims when they start working on themselves and evaluating themselves, Brown said.
The Lupsons' presentation "stirred up some emotions," he said.
Lupson's daughter, Gina, met and married the man who eventually would set fire to their home. He beat and choked Gina, but she kept allowing him back into their home, Lupson said.