It’s time for the community to take a stand against violence, Tyesha Simmons says.
Simmons has organized a Team Boskie presents Stop the Violence rally for Saturday at Lions Memorial Field.
“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.
On Sept. 29, Simmons’ brother Travis Smith was shot and killed at Ridgeview Manor Apartments on Bradleyville Road.
Smith’s case remains open and unsolved despite a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible.
Boskie was Smith’s nickname.
Simmons is urging the community and families of other victims of violence to attend the rally, which will feature speakers and a balloon release in memory of area victims.
“We want to let the victims’ families know that these victims are not forgotten,” she said.
Smith’s family will pass out fliers about Smith, and other victims’ families are urged to do the same. By doing so, it might get someone to come forward with information, Simmons said.
“People know things, but they are afraid,” she said, adding that a strong community turnout will show people that violence won't be tolerated.
“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.