NORTH AUGUSTA — It’s time for the community to take a stand against violence, Tyesha Simmons says.
Simmons is organizing the Team Boskie presents Stop the Violence rally for Saturday at Lions Memorial Field in North Augusta.
On Sept. 29, Simmons’ brother, Travis Smith, was shot and killed at the Ridgeview Manor apartment complex on Bradleyville Road in North Augusta.
“I was just sitting around one day and was thinking about the different people we’ve lost to violent crimes. I thought about Travis and said it’s time to take a stand,” she said.
Smith’s case remains unsolved despite a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible. Boskie was Smith’s nickname.
Simmons is encouraging the community and families of other victims of violence to attend the rally, which will feature speakers and a balloon release in memory of victims.
“We want to let the victims’ families know that these victims are not forgotten,” she said.
Smith’s family will pass out fliers of Smith, and other victims’ families are encouraged to do the same. By doing so, it might encourage someone to come forward with information, Simmons said.
“People know things but they are afraid,” she said.
A strong community turnout will show people that violence won't be tolerated, Simmons said.
“It’s going to take a collective effort on behalf of the police department and the community so that we can hold people accountable,” she said.
The hope is that the rally will act as a catalyst for change in the community.
“I hope everyone getting the word will spread the word,” she said.