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Stop the Violence rally set for Saturday

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NORTH AUGUSTA — It’s time for the community to take a stand against violence, Tyesha Simmons says.

Tyesha Simmons' brother, Travis Smith, was shot and killed Sept. 29.  EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
Tyesha Simmons' brother, Travis Smith, was shot and killed Sept. 29.

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.


WHAT: Team Boskie presents Stop the Violence rally

WHEN: 1 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Lions Memorial Field, 619 W. Buena Vista Ave., North Augusta

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griff6035 11/25/12 - 09:45 pm

You want to stop the violence, then stop kids from having kids and make welfare people do some kind of work to earn what the working people have to give up every week to support them.

dimepiece278 11/26/12 - 01:08 am
That is a very ignorant

That is a very ignorant comment and what does that have to do with a young man being killed? At least someone is trying to take a stand

PhiloPublius 11/26/12 - 10:26 am

Simple solution, quit living off of my paycheck!
Make the deadbeats get jobs. Then they will be too tired and too busy to cause violence. Then you solve the following three problems.

1. My tax dollars go to better projects
2. Less violence.
3. The community and economy profit

If you don't believe that violence is out of control in Government housing projects then either you are sadly misinformed, or you just deliberately ignore the truth.

Jane18 11/26/12 - 11:16 am
Bad Guys, and Really Bad Guys

I know everyone wishes you much luck in this endeavor Tyesha, but until people make a stand against the bad guys getting away with all their criminal activity, and most especially murder, I fear things will go on as they are! I've called criminals this name before, feral, and it is soooooooo true with the corrupt mentality they have. They do not care about anyone, and if someone is hurt or killed by their big deal!! Someone else's life does Not mean anything to them. They are animals Tyesha, and, an out of control animal needs to be stopped!! Fear nor "snitchin", should ever prevent anyone from telling the truth and helping make neighborhoods safe!

dimepiece278 11/26/12 - 11:41 am
That is so true Jane that's

That is so true Jane that's why things like this rally are so important to show people that we do care about our communities and we are willing to take a stand. To show how one careless act can affect so many people as for the people making comments there is more required of us than just paying taxes..what are you doing for your city or your community? You can rant and rave and think thus doesn't affect you but we never know when it can be one of our loved ones.

itsanotherday1 11/26/12 - 09:19 pm
I wish her well in this

I wish her well in this endeavor; it MUST start at home, and until the people most affected take a stand, little will change.

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