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Niki Watson was more than dismayed when she heard about the fatal shootings of Sergio Campbell and Dontrell Kyler in 2010.

Watson didn’t know them personally, but close friends were relatives of the victims, she said.

Campbell was shot several times in the parking lot of McDonald’s on Deans Bridge Road, and Kyler was killed in a shootout in Cherry Tree Crossing.

They were two of the 38 homicide victims in Richmond County that year.

James Thurmond Daughtie, 26, was convicted in the murder of Kyler and sentenced to 55 years in prison. Harry L. Jones, 21, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the death of Campbell and was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 10 years’ probation.

Though she lives in New York, Watson said she was disappointed over the violence in her hometown.

She decided to do something about it.

Through her nonprofit organization, Future Successors Inc., she organized a Gun Buyback/Peace Day, which will be today at Antioch Baptist Church.

The nonprofit was established to “promote the improvement of America’s Youth for a future success by providing resources and awareness to eliminate poverty and violence within their lives,” said a news release sent out by Watson.

Anyone who turns in an unloaded firearm today – no questions asked – will receive $70 worth of gift cards.

During the course of her research into crime in the Augusta area, she found that many of the victims of violent crime since 2000 have been under the age of 25.

She wants to demonstrate to youths that people in the community do care about them, so she also arranged for representatives of Sizemore Staffing to be on hand to offer job search advice.

“They need guidance,” she said of the community’s young people. “If nobody’s helping them, where are they going to turn? To people who don’t care about them.”


WHAT: Gun Buyback/Peace Day

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today

WHERE: Antioch Baptist Church, 1454 Florence St.

MORE: Call (706) 951-0274

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David Parker
David Parker 08/03/12 - 02:05 pm
It's a good thing. It gets

It's a good thing. It gets illegal guns off the street. or has the potential to. I'd like to see an event that taught proper safety for firearm use. 2nd amendment is pretty clear that guns are a right and protected. Educating people who will listen, about proper handling has the potential to save lives lost due to accidents as well as the criminal angles.

triscuit 08/03/12 - 02:10 pm
How many "stolen" guns will

How many "stolen" guns will be turned in tomorrow for gift cards? Hey, you know what? Why don't you give ME $70 in gift cards to replace each weapon of mine that has been stolen by lowlife thieves??

bdouglas 08/03/12 - 03:52 pm
@triscuit: Which brings to

@triscuit: Which brings to mind the does this mesh with laws on receiving stolen property?

David Parker
David Parker 08/03/12 - 03:54 pm
that's how i felt in so many

that's how i felt in so many other words. Teach people how to handle them and get them comfortable so that the good guys with guns don't end up shooting someone by accident. The biggest fear for a criminal is a U.S. Citizen who is confident in firing their weapon.

itsanotherday1 08/03/12 - 05:45 pm
$70 would be better spent on

$70 would be better spent on birth control/education to ensure the criminals aren't born to begin with.

Common.sense 08/04/12 - 03:18 am
Fun fact

It is illegal to carry a firearm at a church. Congrats on criminalizing whoever chooses to participate.

Good job getting those evil guns off the street. You know it is all their fault instead of the people who use them.

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