6th Annual Candlelight Vigil, March Planned in Honor of Woman Killed

By: Lanetra Bennett
August 14, 2014

Bainbridge, GA - A woman killed by a stray bullet in Bainbridge six years ago will be remembered this weekend.

Barbara Williford says her daughter was born a premature baby. "The doctors told me that she was too small to make it. But, I thank God he gave her to me for 21 years."

She says she died prematurely, too. Williford's daughter, Ebony Clarke, was shot and killed on August 11, 2008.

Williford is holding the 6th Annual Community March and Vigil in memory of Clarke. The purpose is to raise awareness on the fight against drugs and gangs.

Williford says, "The tears of a mother that lost a child never stop running. I want to help another mother not to be able to go through what I went through; to try to help our community to be safe."

Clarke was killed at the Bainbridge Housing Authority Apartments on the corner of Broughton Street and Sims Street. Williford says Clarke was hit by a stray bullet during a fight between gang members.

Local resident Deuntrey Thomas says, "I used to always walk by and see her. She used to always speak to me. She was a nice girl."

Williford says, "What I'm doing, it keeps me going. And I've been marching strong ever since then."

The candlelight vigil is Friday, August 15th at 5 p.m. at Willis Park on the Square. Other mothers who've lost children to violence will also be recognized.

The march and rally will be held Saturday, August 16th at 8 a.m. The march will begin at the Bainbridge housing authority apartments and end at Willis Park. It will be a day of fun, free food, crafts and back to school supplies.

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