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Stop the Violence rally encourages crowd to get involved

Posted: December 4, 2012 - 5:15pm  |  Updated: December 4, 2012 - 5:29pm
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The Rev. Earl Carter speaks at the Stop the Violence rally Saturday at Lions Memorial Field in North Augusta. At left, Paige Brightharp leads the Laura Grove Baptist Church youth choir in singing a hymn at the rally.  JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
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The Rev. Earl Carter speaks at the Stop the Violence rally Saturday at Lions Memorial Field in North Augusta. At left, Paige Brightharp leads the Laura Grove Baptist Church youth choir in singing a hymn at the rally.

 

As she held flowers, Barbara Smith was approached near the end of an anti-violence rally Saturday by people wanting to express condolences and support.

Smith’s son, Travis Smith, was fatally shot Sept. 29 at Ridge­view Manor Apart ­ ments off Bradleyville Road in North Augusta. “Boskie” was his nickname, and Saturday’s event was called the Team Bos­kie Presents Stop the Violence Rally.

Officers found Travis Smith on the couch in an apartment with a gunshot wound to his upper torso.

A witness told officers that she and Smith were standing outside the apartment when two men in hooded sweatshirts approached. The woman ran inside the apartment and heard a gunshot, according to police.

The investigation into the case continues.

“I just wish that they would have a conscience and realize what they’re doing to the family,” Smith said of those who know something but aren’t talking. “Even if they do it anonymously, it would be appreciated.”

Chervais Greene, Travis’ cousin, also urged people to step forward.

“Put yourself in our family’s situation,” he said. “You would want someone to answer for what they did.”

The rally Saturday afternoon at Lions Me­mor­ial Field drew family members, friends and community members. Several families of other people killed or affected by violence attended.

Speakers included the Rev. Earl Carter, who had been shot in the neck in 2005 at a North Augusta Huddle House. Carter’s friend William Powell was killed in the incident and another person was injured. The case remains unsolved.

Speakers urged the crowd to reach out to children, live for God and to get involved.

Travis Smith’s sister, Tyesha Sim­mons, organized the event and was pleased with the turnout.

“It feels really good to see this many people coming together for Travis, our family and other families,” she said.

Simmons said she hopes the dialogue continues and the community stands up against violence.

In Smith’s case, authorities have determined the gun used was a . 38 Special or a .357-caliber. No motive has been established or suspects identified.

North Augusta Public Safety believes someone has information that could be the “missing piece of the puzzle,” said Lt. Tim Thornton, who spoke briefly at the rally.

 

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